A government transparency organization formerly headed by Democrat operative David Brock is celebrating a legal victory over the Trump administration, after having compelled the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to turn over visitor logs to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort by Sept. 8.
MAJOR CREW VICTORY: as part of our lawsuit, the gov't has to turn over Mar-a-Lago visitor records by Sept. 8th. We'll be making them public.
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) July 17, 2017
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) – well funded and chaired by liberal propagandist David Brock until election day, and which has filed over 100 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the Trump administration, issued a statement;
“The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” said executive director Noah Bookbinder. “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.”
The Trump administration has notably declined to release White House visitor logs. In 2009 CREW was successfully able to compel the Obama administration to release visitor logs after a similar lawsuit.
oh man CREW is getting (and releasing) Mar-a-Lago visitor logs, starting Sept 8 pic.twitter.com/tNqfDam5IK
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) July 17, 2017
As David Martosko of the Daily Caller tweets ‘Wanna bet the get nothing, because no one kept meaningful logs that aren’t subject to FOIA exemptions?”
Wanna bet they get nothing, because no one kept meaningful logs that aren't subject to FOIA exemptions?
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) July 17, 2017
Indeed, CREW spokesman Jordan Libowitz told Politico: ‘We don’t know exactly what records they have. What that means is somewhat of a mystery, but whatever records they kept, we will be getting.’
‘We know they have logs… because with Trump Tower, they told us there were no records to produce, but with Mar-a-Lago there were.’ –Jordan Libowitz, CREW
The Trump legal team probably considered that they may need to turn over visitor records at some point, if they exit – which means that if CREW’s legally compelled release from DHS doesn’t contain anything of import – it’s only going to vindicate President Trump in the eyes of the American public.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter