White House Releases Visitor Logs After Lawsuit Settlement
The Trump administration has released some White House visitor records as part of a settlement with groups that had sued to obtain them.
The information release is the result of a settlement with Public Citizen that the Trump administration agreed to on Feb. 13.
According to the group, "Posted late Tuesday were February visitor logs for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Logs for the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are to be posted soon."
The Secret Service will now turn over visitor log records for the four offices to the White House each month. They will then be sent to the respective agencies, which have another month to review and release them, reported The Hill.
The White House itself, particularly the Executive Office of the President, is not considered an agency under the law and is thereby not subject to public records laws. Visitor logs for the Oval Office or other areas of the complex will not be released, The Hill said.
The Trump administration, like the Obama administration, initially fought against the release of White House visitor logs. Both ended up settling with the public interest groups, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, that had sued them.