Watchdog group wins access to Mar-a-Lago visitor records

Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs To Be Released By DHS, Watchdog Groups Claim Victory

Watchdog group wins access to Mar-a-Lago visitor records

The lawsuit, filed in January in the Southern District of NY, alleges Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clause whenever foreign entities lease Trump real estate or pay to stay at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Homeland Security will release the visitor logs from President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, thanks to an ongoing lawsuit filed by the government watchdog organization, Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington-a group that has been fiercely critical of the Trump administration's lack of transparency and its potential conflicts of interest. We'll be making them public. "We are glad as a result of this case, this information will become public for meetings at his personal residences-but it needs to be public for meetings at the White House as well".

That practice, started by former President Barack Obama in 2009, has not been carried on by the Trump administration thus far.

The liberal-funded group sued DHS for information about visitors to Mar-a-Lago, Trump Tower in NY and the White House.

"The Obama administration agreed to release the visitor logs in response to our lawsuits, and despite the Trump administration's worry over 'grave national security risks and concerns, ' only positives for the American people came out of them". The records were released in long lists that failed to note why the visitors were there.

Trump owns Mar-a-Lago, but the resort has numerous members and guests who stay on site, having paid membership to the president's firm.

Trump retreated to his Mar-a-Lago resort for seven of his first 14 weekends in office, entertaining foreign heads of state such as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and golfing with undisclosed partners - an activity aides rarely confirm despite requests from White House reporters to know when he golfs and who joins him on the course.

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