Senate Dems introduce ‘Mar-A-Lago Act’ to compel disclosure of visitor logs

Senate Dems introduce ‘Mar-A-Lago Act’ to compel disclosure of visitor logs
Mar-A-Lago. (Image: Screen grab of Starz News video, YouTube)

[Ed. – OK, but there’s no reason why this should stop with the president.  All the senators should have to disclose who visits them at home too.  They meet a lot of people at their homes who wield influence over government policy through such meetings.  They meet people at other people’s homes too.  They should be keeping records and making it all public.]

Senate Democrats 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.

Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Tom Carper (Del.) and Jack Reed (R.I.) on Friday introduced the the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act — or MAR-A-LAGO Act.

The legislation would require the Trump administration to publish public visitor logs for the White House “or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business.”

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) is also introducing a House version of the legislation. …

Udall accused the administration of “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.

In addition to Mar-A-Lago and the White House, the legislation would include visitor lists for Trump Tower and the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.

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