New York State Attorney General Letitia James said in a new 37-page court filing on Thursday that evidence shows President Donald Trump turned his charitable foundation, the Trump Foundation, into a wing of his White House campaign.
James asked a judge to order the organization to pay $2.8 million in restitution for using charitable donations for political and business purposes and an order banning Trump and his three eldest children from running any New York charities for 10 years, the Associated Press reported.
The attorney general also asked a judge to order the president to pay a $5.6 million penalty in the case, Bloomberg reported.
“In this vacuum of oversight and diligence, Mr. Trump caused the foundation to enter repeatedly into self-dealing transactions and to coordinate unlawfully with his presidential campaign,” James said in the filing.
The foundation had reached a deal in December to shut down and distribute about $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofits in a court-supervised process.
The December agreement did not resolve the attorney general’s lawsuit which alleges that Trump violated rules barring charities from being used for political purposes, reports the AP.
James’ predecessor, Barbara Underwood, previously accused the charity of “functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” and engaging in “a shocking pattern of illegality” before the charity agreed to dissolve.