(PresidentialInsider.com)- After evicting President Donald Trump from the White House in an election fraught with misconduct, Democrats aggressively pursued legal nitpicking in an attempt to remove him from his home in the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
This week, they failed.
Following a legal review, the Palm Beach city attorney confirmed that President Donald Trump is within his rights to live at the private members’ club he owns. Trump established Mar-a-Lago as his legal residence after leaving the White House and is reportedly running his political operations from his office there.
Palm Beach Town Attorney John C. Randolph published a memorandum to Town Council members, writing that a 1993 agreement between Mar-a-Lago and the town allowed President Trump to convert the private residence into a club and doesn’t prohibit him from living there.
The agreement “did not incorporate a direct prohibition on former President Trump residing at the club,” the memorandum revealed. The language within the agreement, Randolph confirmed, only pertained to the members’ use of guest suites.
So in short – it’s illegal for guests to live there permanently, but not illegal for former President Trump to live there.
Randolph explained how the town’s zoning code “prohibits living quarters within a club except for its bona fide employees,” and that an employee is “any person generally working onsite for the establishment and includes sole proprietors, partners, limited partners, corporate officers and the like.”
“If he is a bone fide employee of the Club, absent a specific restriction prohibiting former President Trump from residing at the Club, it appears the Zoning Code permits him to reside at the club,” he confirmed.
Angry Democrats who live in the wealthy neighborhood attempted to block the former president from moving to Florida by invoking the 1993 agreement.
Reginald Stambaugh, a lawyer from West Palm Beach, attempted to convince Town Council members in December that moving to Mar-a-Lago permanently would violate the agreement, pose security problems to neighbors, and even devalue the properties around the resort.
Do you believe that?
“President Trump is the president of Mar-a-Lago Club LLC (the legal owner of MAL), and as a corporate officer oversees the property,” President Trump’s attorney John B. Marion explained on January 28 in a letter to Randolph. “He is therefore a bona fide employee within the express terms of the Town’s Zoning Code.”
It’s a victory for now, but how long will it take before more lawyers get involved and try to evict him?