NY sues to dissolve Trump Foundation, cites illegal conduct
NY sues to dissolve Trump Foundation, cites illegal conduct
New York sues to dissolve Trump Foundation, cites illegal conduct
14 June, 2018, 18:57
According to a statement released Thursday by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood's office, the Trump foundation and its directors, Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump for "extensive and persistent violations of state and federal law".
'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 goal or legality, ' Underwood said in a statement to The Post. The suit seeks $2.8 million in restitution and the dissolution of the foundation.
Trump began tweeting soon after the charges were filed, dismissing the lawsuit as the work of "the sleazy New York Democrats" and claiming the foundation "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 New York attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, his children and the Donald J. Trump foundation, alleging his charity engaged in "illegal conduct", Reuters reports.
The White House and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Washington Post.
"In 2016, the board knowingly allowed the foundation to be coopted by Trump's presidential campaign", the suit says. Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle, ' he wrote.
Trump has already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes, Underwood said in the suit.
Barbara Underwood said the charitable foundation had engaged in "unlawful political coordination" created to influence the 2016 election.
It also accuses the charity of conducting "repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr Trump's personal and business interests".
But the foundation could not legally dissolve while it was under investigation, the NY attorney general ruled. He promised to shut it down in 2016 but could not while the NY investigation was ongoing. The board, though, had not met since 1999, and Underwood asked that the Trump children be banned from serving as director of any NY nonprofits for a year.
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