Dems introduce bill requiring disclosure of guest logs from White House, Trump properties

Dems introduce bill requiring disclosure of guest logs from White House, Trump properties
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Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday introduced a bill mandating the publication of visitor logs at the White House and other personal properties where President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE conducts business.

Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Energy: Democrats push EPA to collect 4K in 'excessive' Pruitt travel expenses | Greens angered over new rules for rocket fuel chemical | Inslee to join youth climate strikers in Las Vegas Democrats push EPA to collect 4K from Pruitt for 'excessive airfare expenses' Overnight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast MORE (D-N.M.) and Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyHouse Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department Lightfoot takes office as Chicago's first black woman mayor 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations MORE (D-Ill.), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, respectively, introduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (Mar-A-Lago) Act, a nod to Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. The legislation was first introduced in the previous congressional term.

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“No one should have greater access to or influence over the president or the administration just because they are wealthy, well-connected, or a regular at one of the president’s private clubs,” Udall said in a statement. “The administration’s refusal to disclose White House visitor logs – and the president’s insistence on conducting official business out of his private business properties – have created an environment where people seeking to influence the administration can access officials at the highest levels of government without public scrutiny.” 

“The power of the presidency comes with a responsibility to provide the public with the records of those trying to influence our democracy. The MAR-A-LAGO Act is about upholding the integrity of the Oval Office and, based on this president’s track record, we know that transparency is not a priority of his, making public access to these visitor logs an absolute necessity,” Quigley added. 

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Udall and Quigley said the legislation is in response to the Trump administration’s refusal to extend policies established under former President Obama to disclose White House visitor logs 90 to 120 days after they were made. Their bill would require publication of visitor logs 90 days after their creation.

Trump has been known to conduct domestic and foreign negotiations at his properties across the country, particularly at his Mar-a-Lago club. He regularly golfs with Senate allies and has hosted foreign leaders, such as Chinese President Xi Jinping, at his properties to conduct negotiations on trade and other issues. 

“President Trump has also taken the unusual and potentially dangerous step of conducting official business in the plain view of guests at his high-priced Mar-A-Lago club. The MAR-A-LAGO Act requires the disclosure of visitors to the club and to other Trump Organization properties to make certain there is transparency about who has unprecedented access to President Trump at these locations,” Udall and Quigley said.

The two Democrats also referenced a recent report from Mother Jones saying the founder of a chain of Florida spas where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly solicited a prostitute was advertising access to the president and others at Mar-a-Lago.