June 15, 2021

White House ends Trump-era practice of keeping visitor logs confidential

The Biden administration has announced that it will re-start the practice of disclosing the names of visitors to the White House in a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s decision to cease those routine releases, as the Daily Caller reports.

A White House press release issued last week boasted that the Biden administration would be “the first administration to post visitor logs from its first full year in office” and pledged that the disclosures would happen on a monthly basis.

The release added that the disclosures are intended as a way to make good “on President Biden’s commitment to restore integrity, transparency, and trust in government.”

Former President Trump halted the practice of visitor disclosures back in 2017, claiming that they were an infringement on privacy and that they implicated “grave national security risks.” The legality of the move was upheld by a federal court of appeals, which found that “Compelled disclosure of the visitor logs would affect a president’s ability to receive unfettered, candid counsel from outside advisors.”

However, the Trump administration did agree in 2018 to make monthly posts of certain visitor details pertaining to some parts of the White House, including the drug czar’s office and the Office of Management and Budget, as Politico reported at the time.

According to new reporting from Politico, the initial release from the Biden administration included 400 records dating from Jan. 20 through the end of that month. The records disclosed did not encompass those “related to purely personal guests of the First and Second Families,” or those “related to a small group of particularly sensitive meetings,” such as those related to potential Supreme Court nominees.

Though the Biden administration is touting the move as a win for increased transparency, things are not quite as open as they seem. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the majority of White House meetings of late have been conducted virtually. However, the administration has thus far refused to release the identities of those attending those meetings, Politico added.

Despite intense curiosity over their contents, the Biden administration has made it clear that it is unable to release comprehensive visitor logs from the Trump years, as they are property of the National Archives, and Trump must grant permission for their publication.

The Biden administration cautioned that it would follow the Obama administration’s policy of withholding records that “implicate privacy, national security, or other concerns,” ensuring that there remains substantial leeway for the White House to keep secrets from the American people.

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24 Responses

  1. Nobody is getting into this White House. Biden is mostly sleeping. Trump had an open door policy. I’m for transparency. Let’s keep the reporting honest, please.

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    2. Of course they will keep everything honest you know that! Honesty is just a word, sadly a word just like many that the Demo RATS do not know the definition of even though they try to act as if they do! Any english teacher who has ever taught to a Demo RAT should be shaking their heads in shame! What day is the Demo RAT party finally going to have to commit actual prison sentences for the multitude of crimes they commit every single day? Hillary or should I say Killary just got off for having SEAL Team 6 killed in Benghazi, not even a slap on the wrist for the most attrocious action ever taken to the US Military!

    1. He wants “to make good on pres. Biden’s commitment to RESTORE INTEGRITY, TRANSPARENCY and TRUST OF GOVERNMENT”.
      How ridiculous can it get???

  2. The Biden Administration and transparency go together like oil and water. I sure slept alot better knowing Donald J Trump occupied the White House.

  3. WHO DO YOU THINK CAME IN HIS BASEMENT DOOR TO TEACH HIM HOW TO USE PERSONAL SET UP WIRING? MAY BE A ST KID FROM WINDY CITY WHO KNOWS THE ST POLITICS & WAYS??

  4. WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO DEMAND CONGRESS IMPEACH BIDEN AND HARRIS!

    WE THE PEOPLE (aka SILENT MAJORITY) had countless opportunities to have stopped this nightmare, but we chose to give the DEMOCRATS what they expected of us, to REMAIN SILENT! Thus, making us equally complicit in the fraud perpetrated against United States Americans!

    Isn’t it time you actually did something, took action? How much more damage needs to be done?

    I urge everyone who reads this to PICK UP THE PHONE and call your REP AND SENATORS in DC and DEMAND IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT OF BIDEN AND HARRIS.

    BIDEN is completely UNFIT FOR OFFICE! Biden is guilty of 18 U.S. Code CHAPTER 115—TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES.

    HARRIS is guilty of violating 18US Code 2381 Treason, 18 US Code 2382 Misprision of Treason, 18US Code 2383 Rebellion or Insurrection, 18 US Code 2384 Seditious Conspiracy and 18 US CODE 2385 Advocating Overthrow of Government!

    Democrats want to legalize anarchy and ban law and order.

    Then copy and paste this information into an E-Mail and send to friends and family asking them to make the calls, then forward on to their friends asking them to make the calls and forward on! WE NEED TO MAKE THIS GO VIRAL!

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  5. Is the back door to the White House basement also covered if people show up while Biden is supposed to be taking his nap?

  6. Biden ended it just because Trump started it. What a pathetic POS. There next 4 years cannot go fast enough

  7. Don’t suppose anyone would know who comes in the kitchen entrance as well as the back door, would they? Why don’t we just make sure, for the sake of transparency, of course, by putting cameras there in both those entrances and exits!

  8. Idiot Biden is dead set on ending everything that makes sense or is good for our Country. I wonder if he gets his orders from the fool soros or if they come through the fool obama. When they leave this earth they will have a long, long time to spend in HELL for their evil deeds.

  9. That the dems. Anything Trump gets thrown out the window. Even tho it may be the best for our country. But no, their hatred outweighs any thought of what is best for America.

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  11. Bravo see if that deters revolving door guests to WH for money etc IE BLM, Antifa etc
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