Mar-a-Lago guest list

Judge or­ders re­lease of list of Trump’s vis­i­tors

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Skyler Swisher Staff writer

The pub­lic could soon get a glimpse of who is vis­it­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago es­tate in Palm Beach.

A fed­eral judge or­dered the U.S. De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity to re­lease logs of vis­i­tors to Mar-a-Lago for pres­i­den­tial busi­ness by Sept. 8 in re­sponse to a law­suit brought by three govern­ment watch­dog groups.

“The pub­lic de­serves to know who is com­ing to meet with the pres­i­dent and his staff,” said Noah Book­binder, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cit­i­zens for Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Ethics in Wash­ing­ton, one of the groups in­volved in the law­suit.

Trump has hosted high-pro­file vis­its from Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at Mara-Lago, but many of his guests re­main a mys­tery.

David La­pan, a spokesman for the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, de­clined to com­ment Mon­day.

Trump has vis­ited Mar-a-Lago seven times since be­com­ing pres­i­dent. He last vis­ited for the Easter hol­i­day, and he’s ex­pected to re­turn when Palm Beach’s so­cial sea­son re­sumes in the fall.

The law­suit also seeks the re­lease of visi­tor logs for the White House in Wash­ing­ton and Trump Tower in New York City. Two other groups push­ing for greater trans­parency in govern­ment — the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ar­chive and the Knight First Amend­ment In­sti­tute at Columbia

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