Government Witholds Almost all Mar-A-Lago Visitor Logs

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

Trump often travels to his properties as an alternative to the White House, mainly to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida and a golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "I can only conclude the Trump White House intervened with the career lawyers", Bookbinder told USA Today.

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Mar-a-Lago in February, members of the club posted photos on Facebook of Trump being briefed about a North Korean missile test.

"The remaining records that the Secret Service has processed in response to the Mar-a-Lago request contain, reflect, or otherwise relate to the President's schedules", the lawyers said in the documents released Friday. "And the public has a right to know who lobbies the President, whether it's at the White House or the "Winter White House" or the 18th hole".

But as we must boringly repeat, this president will not be impeached unless Democrats take back the House, and unless a supermajority of the Senate can be convinced that stealing from tax-payers like a cartoon robber baron, colluding with foreign governments, obstructing justice, and subverting due process are not qualities the country wants to see in its president.

"This is strong evidence of a violation by President Trump of the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution", the group said.

Shapiro argues that a government payment to Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago violates the domestic emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states that beyond his salary, the president "shall not receive...any other Emolument from the United States".

"The government seriously misrepresented their intetions to both us and the court", CREW's Bookbinder said. Financial disclosures filings show that Mar-a-Lago is 99 percent owned by Trump's revocable trust, from which the president can withdraw money at any time.

Mr. Trump visited Mar-a-Lago 25 times between his inauguration and the middle of May, when the club closes for the summer. Judge Katherine Polk Failla agreed with CREW's argument that the lists ultimately fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security and are therefore available for request under the Freedom of Information Act.

CREW had previously sued the Obama administration over transparency, prompting the White House to begin publishing visitor logs in 2009. "This was spitting in the eye of transparency", he said.

Friday's deadline to reveal those names came and went without any word from the Trump administration.

But senior White House officials cited privacy and national security concerns and said continuing to release the records could interfere with policy development, among other things.

The $546-a-night bill from the Mar-a-Lago Club for a March 3-5 stay is marked "National Security Council" and says the charge represents the non-discounted "rack rate" for a stay at the club.

The record was released as part of a larger request from Property for the People to the Coast Guard, which provides security at the waterfront property.

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