Doyle v. DHS — FOIA Suit for White House Visitor Logs

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The Obama administration regularly published — with some redactions — logs maintained by the Secret Service indicating who had visited the White House. These logs proved to be invaluable to journalists and others hoping to understand who had access to the President and his closest advisors. Unfortunately, the Trump administration discontinued the practice of disclosing White House visitor logs, and on April 14, 2017 it announced that it would withhold the logs as a matter of policy. 

In an effort to restore public access to these crucial documents, the Knight Institute has joined the National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in a lawsuit to compel disclosure of the visitor logs under the Freedom of Information Act. The Knight Institute and its partners are seeking access to visitor logs for Trump Tower in New York, Mar-a-Lago, which President Trump has referred to as the “Winter White House,” as well as the White House.