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Friday, September 4, 2009

White House will provide access to visitors logs but not all.

The White House today settled with the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington over access to White House visitors logs, offering to reveal online, after a few-month wait, most of the information the group had sought, but giving the administration some margin for secrecy:
Aside from a small group of appointments that cannot be disclosed because of national security imperatives or their necessarily confidential nature (such as a visit by a possible Supreme Court nominee), the record of every visitor who comes to the White House for an appointment, a tour, or to conduct business will be released.

CREW's roots are on the left, but it has distinguished itself by going after Democrats and Republicans. The suit shows the value in that kind of credible, but in a sense loyal, opposition: You're unlikely to see settlements like that with more partisan, implacable legal foes on the Judicial Watch model. (continues here at POLITICO)
Also here at CNN

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