Monday, 18 June, 2018

NY sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation New York sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'
Jeannette Daniel | 14 June, 2018, 18:41

President Donald Trump on Thursday angrily lashed out at the New York Attorney General's office after it sued his family for allegedly conducting multiple illegal operations via the purportedly nonprofit Trump Foundation.

The lawsuit alleges that the foundation paid $100,000 to settle legal claims against Mr Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort, $158,000 to settle claims against one of his gold clubs, and $10,000 to purchase a painting of Mr Trump to hang at another of his gold clubs. "I won't settle this case!"

The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the Trump Foundation, Ms Underwood said.

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.

"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. Decisions were made without "adequate consideration" and assets were misused to pay off legal obligations, promote Trump hotels, buy personal items and support Trump's campaign, according to the suit.

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The lawsuit alleges that Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2.8 million 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, with the foundation raising funds from the public at the nationally televised fundraiser Trump held in lieu of participating in the presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 28, 2016.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has opened a new front in the ongoing criminal investigations into Donald Trump and his empire.

"This is politics at its worst", the foundation said in a statement.

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. Schneiderman ordered the foundation to stop fundraising in NY.

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