Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

New York Attorney General Sues Trump, His Children & Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General Sues Trump, His Children & Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, his charity, and his children Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka, alleging that the Trump Foundation followed "a pattern of persistent illegal conduct" for more than a decade.

"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.

The state's investigation, which stemmed from the Post's 2016 reporting on the charity, found that the Trump family allegedly violated a law that requires tax-exempt foundations to benefit the public good rather than the founders privately. In addition, at Trump's behest, the Trump Foundation is accused of illegally providing extensive support to his 2016 presidential campaign by using the Trump Foundation's name and funds it raised from the public to promote his campaign for presidency, including in the days before the Iowa nominating caucuses.

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The foundation could not immediately be reached for comment.

"I won't settle this case!" he said.

Underwood further asked that the state judge dissolve Trump's foundation, which he founded in 1987, and ordered Trump to pay a minimum of $2.8 million in penalties.

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The president had already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes since 2016. "This is unconscionable - particularly because the foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year and a half ago". "Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle", he added. The suit seeks $2.8 million in restitution and the dissolution of the foundation.

The lawsuit follows an investigation of the Trump foundation that began in June 2016 under the previous NY attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in disgrace in May.

"This resulted in multiple violations of state and federal law", she wrote in the complaint. According to the investigation, the Trump Foundation also entered into at least five self-dealing transactions that were unlawful because they benefited Trump or businesses he controls.

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