Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

NY attorney general sues Trump Foundation, alleges illegal self-dealing

NY attorney general sues Trump Foundation, alleges illegal self-dealing

New York's attorney general claims President Donald Trump's foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump's charitable foundation has persistently broken state and federal laws with improper political activity, self-dealing and failing to follow basic fiduciary obligations, NY said in a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the organization.

Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, accused the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors of conducting "extensive unlawful political coordination" with the campaign, and "repeated and willful self-dealing" to benefit Trump's personal and business interests.

Also named in the suit were Mr Trump's children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr.

Prosecutors charge Trump with repeatedly misusing the nonprofit to pay off his businesses' creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.

"The foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization", Underwood said in a 41-page complaint filed in ny state court in Manhattan. I won't settle this case!,' he wrote.

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'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 goal or legality, ' Underwood said in a statement to The Post.

Underwood is also seeking restitution of the $2.8 million she says was paid to the presidential campaign and penalties.

"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.

Administration officials, from the president on down, will certainly attempt to brand this as yet another politically motivated investigation of an ideological adversary - new witches but the same hunt.

At the very least, it appears the Trump world's celebrations of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's disgrace were a bit premature.

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