Judicial Watch Sues Pentagon, Secret Service for Cost Reports of Presidential and VIP Travel

By Michael W. Chapman | May 8, 2017 | 4:05pm EDT

President Donald Trump waves

from Air Force One.  

(Screenshot: NBC News.) 

(CNSNews.com) -- Because the Air Force, Marines, and Secret Service failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for cost details about all of President Trump's Air Force One travel, and that of Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, the government watchdog Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court today to obtain the cost records. 

The FOIA lawsuit is seeking mission taskings, transportation costs, and passenger manifests for multiple flights between January and late March. The lawsuit also wants similar information about an Air Force One flight that then-President Barack Obama took to Honolulu, Hawaii in December 2016/January 2017.

“The public controversy over President Trump’s travel will only increase if the Pentagon and Secret Service won’t disclose basic costs and other details as FOIA law requires,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a May 8 statement.

“Extreme transparency should be the Trump administration’s ethic, especially after eight years of lawless Obama secrecy," said Fitton.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.  (Screenshot: mic.com) 

Judicial Watch is seeking specific information for eight flights taken by President Trump, 10 flights by Melania Trump, 2 trips by Vice President Pence, one trip by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the one trip by President Obama, and one flight to Aspen, Colo., for Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. 

Judicial Watch reported last week that two flights to the "winter White House" in Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida by Preisdent Trump in February and March cost $1,281,420.  

Between 2009 and 2016, President Barack Obama's family travel cost taxpayers at least $96,938,882.51. 

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