by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
This week the White House released its April visitor logs. Who’s been visiting whom? You can search the log of official guests for January through April here. For example, I did a quick search for “Thom Tillis” and came up with one logged visit. He was in a group of 19 people who visited the president in the Roosevelt room on February 1.
You can also filter the search to see who has officially visited President Biden since January 21. Here’s how that looks:
Keep in mind that the visitor log is by no means complete, as the White House’s list of exceptions shows. Note the last two bullet points, which I have emphasized in bold.
The White House will not release fields within the access records that implicate personal privacy or law enforcement concerns (e.g., dates of birth, social security numbers, and contact phone numbers).
The White House will not release access records of staff members (e.g., staff processed through the visitor system to enter the complex before being issued their badge).
The White House will not release access records whose release would threaten national security interests.
The White House will not release access records related to purely personal guests of the First and Second Families (i.e., visits that do not involve any official or political business).
The White House will not release access records related to a small group of particularly sensitive meetings (e.g., visits of potential Supreme Court nominees). The White House will disclose each month the number of records withheld on this basis, if any, and it will release such records once they are no longer sensitive.