What is Trump trying to Hide by disappearing WH Visitor Logs?

By Nadia Prupis, staff writer | ( Commondreams.org ) | – –

‘The only reasonable conclusion is to believe the Trump administration has many things it is trying to hide’

The decision comes just days after the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) and other watchdog groups sued the Trump administration for visitor logs from the White House and Trump’s residences at Mar-a-Lago in Florida and Trump Tower in New York. (Photo: ychamyuen/flickr/cc)

The Trump administration will not publicly disclose White House visitor logs in a decision the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said was just another move to avoid accountability.

“Elected officials work for the people and we deserve to see government business conducted in transparent daylight,” said Faiz Shakir, ACLU’s political director. “This ‘Good Friday’ news dump is simply the latest in a series of efforts by President [Donald] Trump to avoid public accountability, and it’s not the way to improve the people’s declining trust in this administration.”

The decision comes just days after the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) and other watchdog groups sued the Trump administration for visitor logs from the White House and Trump’s residences at Mar-a-Lago in Florida and Trump Tower in New York.

CREW’S executive director Noah Bookbinder said Friday, “It’s disappointing that the man who promised to ‘drain the swamp’ just took a massive step away from transparency by refusing the release the White House visitor logs that the American people have grown accustomed to accessing over the last six years and that provide indispensable information about who is seeking to influence the president.”

Paul S. Ryan, president of Common Cause, added, “Donald Trump is charged with doing the people’s business, but by keeping his visitors logs a secret, the people will have no idea who he is doing business with at the White House.”

Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said, “The only reason to keep secret the White House visitor logs is to hide from the American public the corporate influence-peddlers who are seeking favors and gifts from the White House. More secrecy equals more cronyism, more insider dealing, and more corruption.”

The president has a history of evading transparency, from belittling media outlets who question his decisions to refusing to release his tax returns. On Saturday, tax marches are planned throughout the nation to demand he disclose the documents, as all presidents since Richard Nixon have done. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) accused Trump of having “something to hide” by refusing to do so.

ACLU’s Shakir echoed that sentiment on Friday.

“Trump has bullied the press when they report on him,” he said. “He has promoted the reporting of fake and outright false information. He imposed gags on federal employees in the earliest days of his administration. He has avoided disclosing his tax records, and he has avoided releasing information about his conflicts of interest.”

“The only reasonable conclusion,” Shakir said, “is to believe the Trump administration has many things it is trying to hide.”

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10 Responses

  1. TheRadioHead

    Trump doesn’t want to have WH visits exposed, but every citizen in the USA should be OK with all their internet activity exposed.

    • Irrelevant ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome) commenting can be overcome by fully realizing President Obama is no longer in office and cannot be re-elected also accepting he was President while a person-of-color.

    • He might have to learn to be an imperialist, but he was already a fascist. Would you rather live under Churchill or Hitler?

  2. President Donald J. Trump is a CRIMINAL enterprise who associates with other criminals. Any CRIMINAL of experience would naturally have a genuine need to hide any presence of his CRIMINAL associates and questionable seekers of Presidential approbate.

    What crimes? Felony tax evasion, providing cover for criminal assets through “investments” in Trump holdings and machinating with an enemy to gain a Presidency.

  3. We need a law requiring disclosure of visitors to a public, taxpayer funded office, the West Wing, plus all of Trump’s public housing, the White House.

  4. It’s simple. Trump has privatized the United States government by making it his own private property. At least in his own mind.

    Under a monarchy, what does the king actually own?

  5. Back on Twitter for Easter , malPoTUS openly threatens First Amendment Rights, “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” the president tweeted in his sunrise service. And boasting “I did what was almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” malPOTUS tweeted. (Twitter-in-Chief LOST the popular vote [us], the Electoral College is primarily CEOs and persons-of-wealth [them].)

    Since malPOTUS hires signage, “professional enthusiasm” and private security for his gatherings, he cannot conceive of real people funding themselves to attend a gathering making a reasonable request of the President of the United States and for good reason. To dispel any notion our new President is a multi-decade felony tax evader and launderer of criminal assets.

    For decades, US presidents and presidential candidates have released their tax returns voluntarily. Clearly, what Trump is HIDING involves those who cannot allow themselves to be exposed.

    With the help of the current DUPED, slavish Christian Republican Party and the $$$ of the 1%, a CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE is infesting our White House.

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