NY attorney general sues President Trump and family
17 June, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Sheila Harris
The Attorney General is also seeking to bar the president and three of his adult children, Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka, from serving on the board of any New York-based charity, "in light of misconduct and total lack of oversight".
Trump, the lawsuit details, turned the foundation into and illegal arm of his presidential campaign, directing expenditure of funds that violate federal laws that prohibit use of foundation funds for political use.
The law suit alleges that the foundation was being used somewhat of a piggy bank in addition to illegally transferring funds to the Trump Presidential Campaign.
Its statement accused the NY attorney general of holding $1.7 million in foundation assets "hostage for political gain".
"This is politics at its very worst", the statement said, noting that the former NY attorney general who began the investigation, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, was a vocal Trump opponent.
"As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their objective or legality", Underwood said in a statement after filing the lawsuit on Thursday. 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.
He accused prosecutors of "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".
Trump has pledged to not settle a lawsuit from NY before. Schneiderman ordered the foundation to stop fundraising in NY.
Barbara Underwood said on Thursday that the charitable foundation had engaged in "unlawful political co-ordination" created to influence the 2016 election. "I won't settle this case!"
In a couple of tweets, Trump called the case "ridiculous".
The foundation also paid $5,000 to one organization for "promotional space featuring Trump International Hotels", and another $32,000 to satisfy a pledge made by a privately held entity controlled by Trump to a charitable land trust.
The Trump Foundation's mission says its funds are to be used "exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes", either directly or through other organizations, according to the lawsuit.
But Mr Schneiderman resigned in May 2018 after a former girlfriend accused him of domestic abuse.
The Foundation raised the funds from the public at the nationally televised fundraiser Mr. Trump held in lieu of participating in the presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 28, 2016.
Eric Schneiderman, Underwood's predecessor who started the investigation, resigned as NY attorney general last month in response to allegations he had abused multiple women.
President Donald Trump and three of his children were dealt a legal blow this week. And the report finds no reason to lose confidence in Robert Mueller's continuing investigation into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Underwood referred her findings to the IRS and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action.
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