Donald Trump has been going to Florida an awful lot throughout his presidency and yet there’s no logs of the people that he meets up with there. Senate Democrats want to change that, and so they are doubling down on their effort to force the Trump administration to publicly release visitor logs for the White House and Mar-a-Lago with a bill named for Trump’s Florida resort.
The bill introduced Friday by Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Tom Carper (Del.) and Jack Reed (R.I.) is called the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act — or MAR-A-LAGO Act.
The bill would require the Trump administration to release public visitor logs for both the White House “or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business.”
Dual stated that the Trump administration is “stonewalling” and avoiding transparency.
“It’s simple: the American people have a right to know who has access to the president and who has leverage over this administration,” he said in a statement.
The legislation comes after Senate Democrats sent a letter earlier this month to Trump and William Callahan, the Secret Service deputy director, asking whether they planned to publish visitor logs.
The White House being unresponsive to the letter has led to the MAR-A-LAGO bill to be introduced.
John Wonderlich, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, is also supporting the bill, saying that Congress must force the administration to public the logs if they don’t voluntarily do so.
“As long as President Trump continues to conduct public business in his private business, the same standards of disclosure should apply to Mar-a-Lago as the White House,” he said.