Judicial Watch Files “Motion to Compel” to Force Secret Service to Produce White House Visitor Logs Detailing Abramoff Visits
MAY 17, 2006
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a Motion"motion to compel" with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to force the United States Secret Service to comply with a court order to provide Judicial Watch with all White House visitor logs detailing the entries and exits of admitted felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
On April 25, 2006, Judge John Garrett Penn ordered the United States Secret Service to release to Judicial Watch, "all White House visitor logs from January 1, 2001 to present that reflect the entries and exit(s) of lobbyist Jack Abramoff from the White House" without redactions by May 10, 2006. Judicial Watch received two documents from the Secret Service on May 10 that indicated Abramoff made two visits to the White House on March 6, 2001 and January 20, 2004. However, the documents provided by the Secret Service were not official White House logs and contained incomplete information.
According to Judicial Watch’s analysis of the documents:
- The two pages, dated March 6, 2006, are not official logs, but rather newly-reproduced summaries of certain information in the Secret Service’s database.
- The documents are incomplete. They do not indicate with whom Abramoff visited on either date. The Secret Service routinely requests and records this information for all visitors. Secret Service logs obtained by Judicial Watch from the Clinton administration include information such as the "Visitee," what room was visited, and the name of the person requesting the visit.
- The documents also do not reflect all entries and exits of Abramoff to the White House. The White House has publicly acknowledged several Abramoff visits, such as May 19, 2001, Hanukkah receptions in 2001 and 2002 and additional "staff level meetings." The first three dates do not appear on the documents produced.
- According to press reports, Bush administration officials have admitted more complete logs do exist in response to the Court’s order, but that the White House directed the Secret Service to withhold them.
"The fact that the Secret Service has flagrantly violated the Court’s order is bad enough, but the notion that the White House might somehow be involved is disturbing and it merits investigation," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "The Secret Service must stop playing games and release all documents per the Court’s order."
Judicial Watch’s motion and other documents related to Secret Service logs are available here.