Trump Administration Limits Access to Public Information

The Trump administration cut access to the White House visitor logs, the records that detail who has visited President Donald Trump and his staff on official business, his office confirmed.

“The grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually” was the reason for keeping the records secret, White House Communications Director Michael Dubke explained the decision in a statement on Friday, April 15th, 2017.

Most of records of visitors to White House departments, such as the Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Trade Representative, will not be accessible through Freedom of Information Act requests, including those that apply to the president and his senior staff.

A conservative legal group on Friday criticized President Trump’s administration for this controversial decision.

Judicial Watch said in a statement that “this new secrecy policy undermines the rule of law and suggests this White House doesn’t want to be accountable to the American people.”

The logs offer the most comprehensive look at who has access to the president and his team. Examining the logs provides insight into which interests are lobbying the White House and who may have more influence in the administration.

(Reuters, pht)