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Topic - Merrick Garland
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Nina Pillard to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. That party-line vote followed the committee's hearing earlier this month on District Judge Robert Wilkins' nomination to the D.C. Circuit, the committee's party-line vote in favor of Patty Millett's nomination in August, and the Senate's confirmation of the D.C. Circuit's newest judge, Sri Srinivasan, in May. If this sounds like an unusual flurry of activity for one tiny court, that's because President Obama has made tilting the court's political balance a high priority for his second term.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Secret Service does not have to release visitor logs for President Obama and top White House advisers and that the Freedom of Information Act does not cover these documents.
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that White House visitor logs for the president and most of his staff are not public information subject to disclosure requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
"Congress made clear that it did not want documents like the appointment calendars of the president and his close advisers to be subject to disclosure" under the Freedom of Information Act, wrote Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.