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Federal appeals court says Trump resort and White House visitor logs exempt from FOIA requests

May 20, 2020

Via: Jurist

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a ruling Monday that logs of visitors to the White House and President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida are exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The three-judge panel affirmed Judge Katherine Polk Falia’s ruling, which favored the Secret Service’s argument that visitor logs are not “agency records” and thus not subject to the FOIA.

The suit was originally filed in 2017 by the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The group had requested electronic records from the Secret Service, which included names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of visitors.

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