The hotel did not even have a standard “certificate of occupancy” permit allowing visitors to enter the premises, according to a series of emails between the federal issuing agency and Trump’s management obtained this week under a federal Freedom of Information Act request by the Partnership For Civil Justice Fund.
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a lawyer who frequently argues on behalf of First Amendment rights, said the Park Service had stonewalled her efforts to look at the permit applications but that Trump appeared to be relying on public resources to “sanitize their event from the reality of public dissent.”
Newly obtained documents indicate the New York Police Department may have committed constitutional violations by deploying undercover officers to monitor peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, following the death of Eric Garner in 2014.
New laws and regulations are being written to stop the public from seeing clearly what police are doing and how police are interacting with the public.
From Op-Ed columnist Colbert King: "The whole thing would be laughable, a real thigh-slapper, if the danger weren’t so real."
Listen: PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard explains the major free speech battle taking place over Trump's new hotel in Washington, D.C.
Trump appears intent on expanding his presence among our monuments, memorials and parks.
“This is the public space. Donald Trump cannot own the sidewalks, he cannot own the street.”