City of Palm Beach Examining Legality of Donald Trump Living at Mar-a-Lago
Former President Donald Trump just can’t catch a break in 2021.
First, he became the first President in history to be impeached twice, with his second impeachment headed to trial in less than two weeks. Over the weekend, several of the lawyers who were representing Trump walked away from the case, leaving the former President’s defense completely unknown at this time.
Now, as he’s working through this issue at his home in Mar-a-Lago, the City of Palm Beach is hearing arguments from neighbors who believe Donald Trump isn’t legally allowed to live at the resort.
The town of Palm Beach, Fla., confirmed to The Hill on Friday that it’s performing a legal review of former President Trump’s residency at Mar-a-Lago after suggesting that it might do so in December.
“Our town attorney is reviewing the agreement and the laws surrounding it,” Palm Beach Town Manager Kirk Blouin told The Hill.
Trump relocated to his Florida club on the morning of Jan. 20 after leaving office, before President Biden was sworn in.
So, what exactly is the issue?
The former president’s decision to make Mar-a-Lago his permanent residence could be a violation of rules set forward in a previous agreement with the town when he decided to convert the private residence into a club in 1993.
Among those conditions were that club members, including Trump, could only spend a maximum of seven consecutive days and no more than three weeks a year at the premises, CNN reports.
The Trump Organization released a fairly dismissive statement declaring that there is no restriction on Donald Trump’s use of Mar-a-Lago as a residence.
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