Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

NY sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

NY sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

The attorney general of NY state sued the Donald J Trump charitable foundation, President Trump and three of his children on Thursday for violating state charity laws, alleging that the Trumps used charitable assets as "little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr Trump" and his companies.

Underwood is seeking $2.8 million in restitution plus additional penalties, as well as the dissolving of the Trump Foundation under court supervision.

NY is also seeking $2.8 million of restitution plus penalties, a 10-year ban on Trump serving as a director of a NY nonprofit, and one-year bans for his children Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka.

Underwood also asked that Trump be banned from leading any other NY nonprofit for 10 years.

"Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in NY, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for nearly 2 years", he wrote.

Underwood was only recently promoted to the position of attorney general after Eric Schneiderman resigned amid allegations that he had physically abused several romantic partners. "I won't settle this case!" he tweeted. "This is unconscionable - particularly because the Foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year and a half ago". "Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle", he added.

"This is politics at its worst", the foundation said in a statement. 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. "Trump ran the foundation according to whim, rather than law". The lawsuit alleges that the foundation's board of directors has been willfully engaged in violations of state and federal law.

These include Trump's use of the charity's money to settle legal disputes involving his for-profit businesses. While such foundations are supposed to be devoted to charitable activities, the complaint asserts that Mr. Trump's was often used to curry political favor or settle legal claims against his various businesses, and even spent $10,000 on a portrait of Mr. Trump that was hung at one of his golf clubs.

The lawsuit also notes that in May 2016, the foundation contributed to The Mission Continues, a veterans charity that had been established by Eric Greitens, who was then running as a Republican for governor of Missouri.

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