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Topics to Include White House Visitor Logs and Lobbyists

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Press Office 202-646-5172, ext 305

Washington, DC — May 2, 2011

On Tuesday, May 3, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton will provide testimony to the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. The hearing, entitled “White House Transparency, Visitor Logs and Lobbyists,” will examine issues concerning the release of White House visitor records.
The Chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Ranking Minority Member is Diana DeGette (D-CO).To view the proceedings Tuesday live online, click here:

  • When: Tuesday, May 3
    10:30 AM ET
  • Where: Rayburn House Office Building
    Room 2123

As background to tomorrow’s testimony, it was Judicial Watch that successfully forced the release of White House visitor logs related to visits by former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff to the Bush White House in 2006. Judicial Watch continued its aggressive pursuit of these logs with the Obama administration. Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Obama Secret Service, which lawlessly claimed these records were not agency records subject to timely public disclosure. Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit, which is ongoing.Tens of thousands of visitor logs continue to be withheld, and a report by the Center for Public Integrity suggests that the records that have been released are “riddled with holes.” Other reports detail that White House officials have met with lobbyists “off campus” to avoid disclosing lobbyists contacts through White House visitor logs.UPDATE: Tom Fitton’s opening statement.

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