The Trump Foundation has just landed in some legal trouble as the NY attorney general files a lawsuit against the supposed charity. Trump vows not to settle...like he always does before he settles.
NY Attorney General’s office has brought a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation. Trump and his three adult children are named in the suit. NY AG seeks to dissolve the Trump Foundation and ban Trump children from serving on charity boards in New York.
It is official, the Donald J. Trump Foundation is being sued by the New York State attorney general’s office. The foundation and the majority of the Trump family are being accused of violating campaign finance laws and coordinating with a presidential campaign, among other things. The suit is seeking $2.8 million in restitution, the dissolving of the foundation, and it is also asking that Trump and his three adult children (Eric, Don Jr., and Ivanka) be barred “from serving on the board of any New York-based charity ‘"in light of misconduct and total lack of oversight’.
The case came at the end of a 2-year investigation that was started by Eric Schneiderman and continued by Barbara Underwood when Schneiderman resigned amid abuse allegations. Underwood claims the Trump Foundation was “little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization.”
Vanity Fair compiled a nice list of the ways the Trump family charity misappropriated funds:
- $5k was used in advertising Trump hotels
- $10k was used to purchase a portrait of Trump that is displayed in a sports bar at his Doral golf resort
- $100k was used to settle a legal dispute between Trump and the city of Palm Beach
- $258k was used to settle various other lawsuits aimed at Trump’s businesses
Trump, of course, blamed Democrats for the suit, and he vowed on Twitter that he wouldn’t settle:
“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. I won’t settle this case!...”
The lawsuit may just be the beginning of the Trump Foundation’s legal worries as Ms. Underwood has also sent referral letters to the IRS and the Federal Election Commision which may lead to further legal action.
Read more about the details of the case, “New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation” written by Danny Hakim posted by New York Times on June 14, 2018