Donald Trump is hiding White House visitor logs -- we demand transparency from Trump's White House

The White House belongs to the American people -- and its visitor logs ought to be public and transparent

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SIGN THE PETITION: We The People deserve to know who is coming and going in the White House -- President Donald Trump's refusal to make the White House visitor logs public casts yet another shadow over his historically anti-transparency administration. If Donald Trump won't come clean on his own, he must be forced. Congress must pass the MAR-A-LAGO Act to make White House visitor logs public, as well as anywhere else the President conducts business.

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SIGN THE PETITION: We The People deserve to know who is coming and going in the White House -- President Donald Trump's refusal to make the White House visitor logs public casts yet another shadow over his historically anti-transparency administration. If Donald Trump won't come clean on his own, he must be forced. Congress must pass the MAR-A-LAGO Act to make White House visitor logs public, as well as anywhere else the President conducts business.

When President Trump conducts the public's business from the White House, the public has a right to know who he's conducting it with. That's why his decision to keep the White House visitor logs secret is an attack on the principle of open government our democracy relies on.

Trump's decision reverses President Obama's policy of publishing visitor logs, which was hailed by open government advocates as a step forward for transparency, and provided a valuable resource to journalists and anyone seeking to hold the President accountable.

But the current President's administration is shrouded in controversy -- from his unaddressed conflicts of interests, to his unprecedented refusal to publish his tax returns, to him and his team's undisclosed ties with the Russian government. His repeated attempts to shield himself from public scrutiny and oversight should alarm anyone who cares about transparency.

President Trump works for us -- the American people. And if he won't be straightforward with us, it's up to our representatives in Congress to make him come clean.

That's why our lawmakers must immediately pass the MAR-A-LAGO Act, which would make public visitor logs from the White House and anywhere else the President regularly conducts business, like the Florida estate that lends its name to the bill.

Read More: White House to Withhold Visitor Logs from the Public

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. This move is just the latest example of a disturbing Trump Administration pattern of withholding from the public information regarding everything from the president’s personal business dealings and tax returns to his late night White House visitors like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. With unprecedented conflicts of interest for a U.S. President, Trump should be working to restore public confidence, and his abysmal public approval ratings, by making his Administration more transparent, not less so.

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SIGN THE PETITION: We The People deserve to know who is coming and going in the White House -- President Donald Trump's refusal to make the White House visitor logs public casts yet another shadow over his historically anti-transparency administration. If Donald Trump won't come clean on his own, he must be forced. Congress must pass the MAR-A-LAGO Act to make White House visitor logs public, as well as anywhere else the President conducts business.

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