A USA court has asked President Donald Trump's staff to turn over records of visitors to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to a ruling made public Monday.
CREW, along with the nonprofit National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, filed suit against the government in a NY federal court in early April for the visitor logs from Mar-a-Lago, the White House, and Trump Tower.
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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When asked about the lack of thorough Mar-a-Lago visitor records, CREW spokesman Jordan Libowitz told Politico, "We don't know exactly what records they have". "We hoped that the Trump administration would follow the precedent of the Obama administration and continue to release visitor logs, but unfortunately they have not", Bookbinder said in April after the lawsuit was filed. "We are glad that 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", commented Noah Bookbinder, CREW director, in a statement on Monday. That will change this September, at least for one of the locations, as a nonprofit government watchdog has successfully sued to obtain visitor logs for Trump's Palm Beach getaway. The Department of Homeland Security says it has no records of visitors at Trump Tower.
Mr Trump has spent quite a bit of time at his Mar-a-Lago properties since his inauguration in January.