NY attorney general sues President Trump and family

Clay Curtis
June 17, 2018

The lawsuit wants millions of dollars in restitution to ny state and wants Trump and his three eldest children - Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric - barred to working with or any other involvement with any charities in ny or other states that have ties to any state charities.

The two-year investigation detailed a closely coordinated effort between Trump's campaign and the foundation to promote his political career by giving out big grants of other's people money to veterans organizations during the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, the first presidential nominating contest of 2016, the suit says.

The state is seeking restitution of $2.8 million plus penalties, and sent referral letters to the IRS and FEC for further investigation and legal action.

The New York attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday against President Donald Trump, his charity, and his children Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka.

The foundation has also been accused of conducting "repeated and wilful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr Trump's personal and business interests". Those included more than $250,000 in payments to settle claims against his Mar-a-Lago resort and the Trump National Golf Club, as well as to purchase a painting of himself that was displayed at his Miami golf club, according to the suit.

Ms Underwood said: "As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a cheque book for payments from Mr Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their objective or legality". She also discusses reports prosecutors are investigating President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen for illegal secret lobbying. But in late 2016, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, Amy Spitalnick, said the foundation "cannot legally dissolve" while it is under investigation.

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Donald Trump hit back at the lawsuit on Twitter, saying that "sleazy NY democrats" were "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. Weeks after the 2016 election, Schneiderman's office issued a "notice of violation" to the foundation, which had already attracted scrutiny over its practices, and ordered it to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state.

Some $2.8 million went to the foundation, the lawsuit said, and the foundation wrongly ceded control of those funds to Trump's campaign staff, who wrongly disbursed grants at campaign rallies for Trump's political benefit. "I won't settle this case!." he also said on Twitter. The campaign staff directed which groups received the money and when.

Trump specifically bashed Eric Schneiderman, former Attorney General who resigned in May after allegations by multiple women of physical abuse.

The lawsuit paints a picture of habitual misuse of foundation funds for years, signed off on by Trump, who was president of the thinly staffed charity. Mr. Trump alone made all decisions related to the Foundation. It seems rather coincidental that this law suit would be filed on Donald Trump's birthday, however this may be a politicization of a legitimate ongoing legal process.

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