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New York AG Sues Trump And His Children For Alleged ‘Illegal Conduct’ At Trump Foundation Charity


New York AG Sues Trump And His Children For Alleged ‘Illegal Conduct’ At Trump Foundation Charity

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D) has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his three children, alleging “a pattern of persistent illegal conduct” at the Donald J. Trump Foundation including raising millions to influence the presidential election in violation of federal and state law.

The lawsuit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court, alleges that the charity provided illegal support to Trump’s 2016 presidential bid by using public funding to promote his campaign and that the foundation raised more than $2.8 million to support Trump’s presidential campaign.

The lawsuit also alleges that the president used the foundation as a piggy bank to cover legal fees and to promote his properties and businesses.

“For more than a decade, the Donald J. Trump Foundation has operated in persistent violation of state and federal law governing New York State charities,” the complaint states.

“This pattern of illegal conduct by the Foundation and its board members includes improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement event elementary corporate formalities required by law.”

The lawsuit calls for the foundation to be dissolved.

The Hill adds:

The document alleges that the foundation assisted the campaign in organizing the event and that the foundation was widely utilized in promoting it, but that the charity was used “to satisfy the campaign’s requirements.”

The attorney general cited emails showing that the campaign “played the lead in role in determining the disposition” of the fundraiser proceeds, including ones showing then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski communicating with foundation staffers about the disbursement of the funds, according to the document.

The lawsuit also alleges that Trump requested that foundation staff use $100,000 from the foundation in 2007 to settle a lawsuit between the city of Palm Beach, Fla., and his Mar-a-Lago estate. The document features a handwritten note by Trump requesting the transaction.

“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said in a statement.

“This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”

Trump responded to the lawsuit in a pair of tweets Thursday, saying he “won’t settle the case.”


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