Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump vows not to settle suit against foundation

Trump vows not to settle suit against foundation

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood sued President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation on Thursday, June 14 alleging that the president and his adult children illegally used it for personal, business, and political expenses.

NY is also seeking $2.8 million of restitution, a 10-year ban on Trump serving as a director of a non-profit in the state, and similar one-year bans for his children Donald Jr, Eric, and Ivanka, who serve on the foundation's board.

Underwood's predecessor, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, began investigating the foundation in 2016 following Washington Post reports that foundation spending personally benefited the presidential candidate.

The foundation also paid $158,000 to resolve a lawsuit over a prize for a hole-in-one contest at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York; $10,000 to buy a 6-foot (1.8-meter) portrait of Trump at a charity auction; and $5,000 for advertisements published in the programs for charitable events.

The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the foundation, Ms Underwood said.

Eric Trump distanced himself from his own charitable foundation after the election, the New York Times reported, after it came under investigation by the attorney general for allegedly shifting its resources to the Trump Organization.

"The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18 800 000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19 200 000".

The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, culminated a almost two-year investigation of Trump's charity, which became a subject of scrutiny during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

Despite the prohibition on political activity, Trump's foundation cut a $25,000 check in 2013 to Republican Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's re-election campaign, the lawsuit notes.

Trump himself delivered the expected tweet on Friday morning: "The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The lawsuit said Corey Lewandowski, then Trump's campaign manager directed some of the funds to be disbursed in Iowa shortly before its caucuses, where voters from the state gather in the first electoral competition to choose parties' presidential nominees.

The Trump Foundation lawsuit adds to Trump's legal challenges, which include a wide-ranging special counsel investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

In tweets, Trump vowed: "I won't settle this case!"

Schneiderman resigned last month after he was accused of physically abusing women he dated; he denied the allegations.

The suit also singled out a $32,000 payment that the foundation made to satisfy a Trump company pledge to contribute to a land-preservation group.

President Donald Trump and three of his children were dealt a legal blow this week.

The attorney general said she also sent letters about possible breaches of the federal law to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Internal Revenue Service.

Trump agreed to close the charity in December 2016 to avoid any conflict of interest during the presidential campaign.

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