Why can’t we view White House access records?

The Guardian reports:

The embattled House intelligence committee chairman, Devin Nunes, has said he had no choice under classification rules except to view sensitive documents at the White House, a statement likely to intensify speculation that the Trump administration fed Nunes the material.

The documents ostensibly related to intelligence collection on Donald Trump. The source who made them available to Nunes “could not simply put the documents in a backpack and walk them over to the House intelligence committee space”, Nunes’ office said on Monday, addressing the latest twist in a controversy that is now overshadowing the committee’s politically charged investigation into Kremlin interference in the 2016 election.

Nunes has received flak for his handling of the investigation of Trump’s accusations that Obama had “wire tapped” him. So, let’s see, he met his source at the White House, eh? Just for fun, let’s have look at the White House visitor records, which are published on the White House website for the sake of transparency.

Except, they’re not.

Looking at the page at the time of writing, we get the statement:

This page is being updated. It will post records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis, once they become available.

Apparently, that’s been the case for a while, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Thus, Democrats have introduced the “MAR-A-LAGO Act,” or the “Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act.” It’s a great acronym and sure to make Trump pop a gasket. But it is also important, considering how much work Trump says he’s been doing at his private properties.

According to the article linked above, the ‘Whitehouse.gov page featuring visitor access records has said “this page is being updated” ever since Trump took office — and remains unchanged.’ And why is that? Are they too lazy to update the page? Are they too inept? Or do they not want us to see the access logs? Considering Nunes’ revelation that he met with the source of his information on White House grounds and the Trump administration’s animosity toward transparency, the MAR-A-LAGO Act and other moves to increase transparency are more important than ever.


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