Spicer Defends Decision Not to Release White House Visitor Logs: ‘We’re Following the Law’
Press Secretary Sean Spicer is defending the White House’s decision not to disclose visitor logs.
Speaking out on the subject during today’s press briefing, Spicer said that the administration is following the law as it relates to disclosing White House visitors.
“We’re following the same policy that every administration from the beginning of time has used,” Spicer said. “With respect to visitors logs, we will comply with both the Federal Records Act and the Presidential Records Act as stated by law.”
He added, “It’s about following the law. We’re following the law.”
Spicer also criticized the Obama administration for “scrubbing” the names of certain visitors to the White House, blasting it as a “faux attempt” at transparency.
“We maintain the same policy that every other administration did coming up here prior to the last one,” Spicer said. “And the last one, frankly, was a faux level of doing that. Because when you go through and you scrub everyone’s name out that you don’t everyone to know, that really is not an honest attempt of doing that.”
The Daily Caller’s Kaitlan Collins, one of the reporters who questioned Spicer about this, tweeted the following afterwards:
Though it’s true that the visitor logs were imperfect in the Obama era, they were still a good basis to see who was welcome at White House
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 17, 2017
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