A United States court has asked President Donald Trump's staff to turn over records of visitors to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
CREW Communications Director Jordan Libowitz says the scope of the Mar-a-Lago records is unknown, "but finding out is part of why we brought the suit". The Trump administration, however, claimed to have no records of visitors at Trump Tower.
According to CREW, the Secret Service, a branch of Homeland Security, keeps such logs but refused to turn them over.
A government watchdog group says it has won a battle with the Trump administration, which will turn over visitor records to the president's Mar-a-Lago residence.
"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", Bookbinder said in an April statement. Presidents before Barack Obama didn't release such documents. The records were released in long lists that failed to note why the visitors were there. Since then, and as the weather has gotten warmer in New York and New Jersey, the President has switched up his private retreats and often spends weekends in his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, or in his New York City residence in Trump Tower. Trump earned $37.2 million from Mar-a-Lago last year, according to his most recent financial disclosure form - a almost 25 percent increase from the previous year.