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What's next, a lawsuit?

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) today filed a Freedom of Information Act request for guest lists, visitor logs, visit requests, and planning and policy documents related to the gate-crashing of the Nov. 24 state dinner by the celebrity-hungry Salahis.

This is a rather unusual step for a congressman and ranking Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee. And it follows a series of steps he has taken: an invitation to White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers to appear before the committee, an attempt (blocked by Democrats) to subpoena her when she declined to testify, and a letter sent directly to her last week asking 15 questions.

The White House officials wants to put the security breach by the Salahis behind them. Security is tighter -- guests had to show their IDs twice at two different checkpoints last night to get into the White House reception for the news media.

King's FOIA letter asked that any costs of fulfilling his request be waived, because the information sought is in the public's interest. Perhaps he's saving his funds for a lawsuit.



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