New York Sues to Dissolve Donald J. Trump Foundation

New York Sues to Dissolve Donald J. Trump Foundation

New York's attorney general on Thursday sued U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and his namesake foundation, alleging "persistently illegal conduct" at the nonprofit including support for Trump's 2016 campaign.

"Our investigation found that the Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2.8 million in a manner created to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direct and under the control of the senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign", the attorney general said.

The charity's directors, President Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump were sued in their individual capacity, putting them personally on the hook for the repayment of funds.

Trump quickly took to Twitter after the lawsuit was filed.

The lawsuit aims to dissolve the foundation and ensure none of its directors can serve any not-for-profit in NY state in the future.

Shortly before his inauguration, Trump settled a fraud case brought against Trump University by the state attorney general's office, then run by Eric Schneiderman, for $25m.

"The Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to non-profits, regardless of their goal of legality", Underwood said in a statement.

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The Trump Foundation also attacked the attorney general's office and said it was playing "politics at its very worst".

Mr Trump's children were also named as defendants in the Attorney-General's petition, filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. "I won't settle this case!". "This is unconscionable - particularly because the Foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year and a half ago". According to the investigation, the Trump Foundation also entered into at least five self-dealing transactions that were unlawful because they benefited Trump or businesses he controls.

The suit also alleges that the Trump charity raised in excess of $2.8m "in a manner created to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direction and under the control of senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign". It highlighted a January 2016 event Trump held to raise money for veterans causes in Iowa in lieu of participating in a Fox News primary debate.

"The foundation is little more than an empty shell that functions with no oversight from its board of directors", the lawsuit alleges.

These include Trump's use of the charity's money to settle legal disputes involving his for-profit businesses.

These included a $100,000 payment to settle legal claims against the Mar-A-Lago resort; a $158,000 payment to settle legal claims against his Trump National Golf Club in 2008 from a hole-in-one tournament; and a $10,000 payment at a charity auction to purchase a painting of Mr Trump that was displayed at the Trump National Doral in Miami. The charity played a role in the recent scandals that forced Greitens to resign as governor: Greitens obtained the charity's donor list and used it to fundraise for his campaign, potentially a serious campaign finance violation.

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