The Trump Golf Club still appears to use the presidential seal despite a criminal complaint last year
Former President Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, NJ, was spotted continuing to use the presidential seal despite an ethics complaint and federal law potentially banning its use of the seal on the site.
Photos taken Thursday as Trump hosted an event for the LIV Golf Tournament, a Saudi-backed golf league that has been the subject of controversy in light of alleged human rights abuses by the Saudi government, showed the seal on various items, including golf carts.
Federal law prohibits knowingly use the print or any other likeness of the Presidential Seal “for the purpose of giving, or in a manner reasonably calculated to give, the false impression of sponsorship or endorsement by the Government of the United States”.
Violations of the law can result in fines, imprisonment of up to six months, or both.
The revelation comes a year after Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan government ethics watchdog, filed a criminal complaint to the Ministry of Justice against the club for using the seal.
The organization filed the lawsuit last July after a photo posted to Instagram showed a golf tee marker displaying the seal earlier that month.
The complaint says the Trump Organization has attempted to use the seal improperly in the past, noting a 2018 ProPublica report that the company had ordered “dozens” of presidential seals to be used as golf tee markers at several golf courses. The organization released a statement the day after the report was released saying they were temporary and had been taken down.
The complaint states that this incident suggests that Trump Bedminster Golf Course is aware or should be aware that use of the seal is illegal, but is using it anyway.
The Trump National Golf Club did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.