Trump Set To Sue Federal Government For Use Of His Likeness
Lawyers representing President Donald Trump are said to be negotiating with the federal government for compensation of its use of the presidents’ picture and appearances.
An unnamed source close to personal counsel Rudy Giuliani said he will assert that “Trump was a brand long before he entered politics and as such has an obligation to command and control his image. When his face stares out from an official document, he shows up someplace or his likeness has a nail driven into it by any government employee we want a licensing agreement in place.”
When asked who or what agency they would speak with to authorize the terms of any settlement the source said it would be “someone the president will be appointing soon.”
The source went on to say that “Giuliani, in his infinite wisdom, thinks he can offer to drop Trump’s lawsuit involving some pictures in exchange for the government not pursing charges of obstruction of justice or acts in violation of the emoluments clause prohibiting accepting gifts or favors from foreign governments.”
John Susa, a professor of constitutional law at Barnyard University believes “the use of a president’s image on government material goes with the office so I don’t believe he has a case. Still, it muddies the waters and can create yet another diversion from other ethical issues facing the administration.”
In a related matter, newly released Freedom of Information records show that before taking office then President-elect Trump wanted to remodel the foyer of the White House to build a "People’s Lobby” with an assortment of retail stores, restaurants, banks, pharmacies and a visa office. In addition, members of his transition party proposed installing parking lots and sidewalks over the Rose Garden to provide valet service and a car wash.
The release quotes a high-ranking Trump official describing it as ‘something that will become a leading historic and tourist attraction in Washington. And, I might add, by far the safest place in the world to shop and mingle.”
Representatives for Mr. Trump were said to be soliciting bids from retailers and foreign governments to lease space there. According to a quote referenced in the records, “Not a penny of the taxpayer’s money would go into building this. The response we’ve gotten from perspective tenants has been overwhelming and they are more than willing to spend whatever it takes to get inside the White House.”
The president was said to believe “that for years lobbyists and special interest groups representing weapons, drugs, banks and white collar criminals have been the only ones with easy access to government officials. Now, with the 'People’s Lobby,' ordinary Americans will finally have a place to gather and get a chance to let their own wallets do the talking.”
As of yet, work has not begun.
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