Court Orders Release of Trump's 'Winter White House' Visitor Logs

President Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a Lago in April

President Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a Lago in April. Jim Watson AFP Getty Images

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on Monday announced that on September 8 it will obtain the visitor logs from Mar-a-Lago and subsequently make them public.

According to CREW, DHS will turn over any records from Mar-a-Lago by September 8, and the watchdog organization will then make the records public.

The group celebrated the anticipated release of visitor records as a "Major CREW Victory" in a Monday morning tweet, but it remains unclear exactly what they will receive as Mar-a-Lago reportedly does not keep thorough visitor records.

The upcoming release of the visitor logs is a result of an April lawsuit filed by CREW, the National Security Archive, and the Knight Foundation First Amendment Institute at Columbia University against the Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency which contains the Secret Service, the government entity which maintains the logs.

"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", added Bookbinder.

It also sued for visitor logs from Trump Tower, but DHS says it doesn't have records of visitors for that location.

In response, a NY court has asked the Secret Service to turn over records of the people who visited Trump by September 8. Presidents before Barack Obama didn't release such documents.

President Trump has spent 25 days at Mar-a-Lago since assuming the office of the president, according to a tracker by the New York Times. However, a federal court in NY has ordered the DHS to release Mar-a-Lago's records.

The Obama administration began voluntarily disclosing its visitor records in 2009 after CREW sued and won. Since then, and as the weather has gotten warmer in New York and New Jersey, the President has switched up his private retreats and often spends weekends in his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, or in his New York City residence in Trump Tower.

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