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Judge Orders Sep. 8 Deadline for Mar-a-Lago Visitor Records Release

National Security Archive: “The Department of Homeland Security will release the visitor logs for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort by September 8, according to a court order filed on July 14, 2017, by federal judge Katherine Polk Failla. The order is in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the National Security Archive, together with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The suit, Doyle v. DHS, was filed on April 10, 2017, in the federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. It seeks the Secret Service’s White House visitor logs dating from Inauguration Day through March 8 ,including visitor logs for Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower. The National Security Archive’s Kate Doyle, senior analyst working on US-Latin America policy, filed the initial FOIA request with the Secret Service on January 23 for the Worker and Visitor Entrance System (WAVES) records and Access Control Records System (ACR) records covering Inauguration weekend. WAVES and ACR are the systems that keep track of White House visitors and were used to generate the White House visitor logs previously posted to The government has until the end of September 2017 to file declarations concerning the White House visitor logs; DHS claims there are no such records for Trump Tower since the President did not visit the property during the time period covered by the request…”

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