White House challenges release of visitor logs

April 21, 2008 8:29:13 AM PDT
The Bush administration said Monday that releasing the names of White House visitors would jeopardize the president's ability to seek confidential advice. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is considering whether Secret Service logs of White House visits are public information. In arguments Monday, the court seemed concerned that the Bush administration wanted to cloak the White House in secrecy.

But the three-judge panel also scolded the group seeking the records for not acknowledging the constitutional issues in the case. The judges said the request raised significant questions about the separation of powers.