You can be a lobbyist, foreign spy, military dictator, anything, and if you buy membership to Mar-a-Lago and hang out there when the so-called president is at this "winter White House," no one has a record of your being there or what kind of influence you might buy.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has nothing but job security after they filed a FOIA request for the Mar-a-Lago visitors log for the times that Donald Trump was staying at his own resort.
Yesterday, the Secret Service responded that except for the Japanese delegation that attended as part of an official state visit, they have no records of any other visitors to the Florida country club. None whatsoever.
CREW, emphasis added:
From the outset, the government represented to us and the court that while they would fight the release of White House visitor records, they would produce records of presidential visitors at Mar-a-Lago, and their representations and the length of time they requested sent the clear signal that there would be far more than the 22 names we received. So we were surprised and disappointed that they reneged, now claiming, ‘it was determined that there is no grouping, listing, or set of records that would reflect Presidential visitors to Mar-a-Lago.’ Surely, the Japanese Prime Minister’s delegation is not the only presidential visitors for whom clearance was sought. We will be pressing the court for the full set of records that does exist.
If the government’s statement is true, however, and there really are no records documenting the many people President Trump has met with at Mar-a-Lago, the government has just revealed that everyone from lobbyists to foreign agents can buy secret access to the president — without accountability or even a simple record — by paying his personal business.
And that is terrifying.