On December 17, 2007, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that White House visitor logs are public documents, rejecting a Bush administration bid to have the logs treated as confidential presidential records. Visitor logs are compiled by the Secret Service, and thus subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 USC § 552] requests, according to the ruling. The Bush administration had ordered that the logs be submitted to the White House, attempting to keep them outside FOIA.
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