Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation

The attorney general of NY state sued the Donald J Trump charitable foundation, President Trump and three of his children on Thursday for violating state charity laws, alleging that the Trumps used charitable assets as "little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr Trump" and his companies.

She asked that its remaining $1 million in assets be distributed to other charities and that Trump be forced to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and penalties.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a news conference to discuss the civil rights lawsuit filed against The Weinstein Companies and Harvey Weinstein in New York on February 12, 2018.REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Schneiderman, Underwood's predecessor who started the investigation, resigned last month after allegations of abusing multiple women were made public. Trump allegedly used the Donald J. Trump Foundation to pay off creditors, settle legal disputes for his businesses, and, in one case, buy a $10,000 portrait of himself.

The legal filing alleges "a pattern of persistent illegal conduct, occurring over more than a decade" including "extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign".

The Trump Foundation also attacked the attorney general's office and said it was playing "politics at its very worst". The lawsuit also seeks to bar the Trumps or the Trump Foundation from engaging in supposedly charitable activity for 10 years.

"Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in NY, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for nearly 2 years".

The president had already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes since 2016.

Underwood also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for further action.

Underwood also asked that Trump be banned from leading any other state nonprofit for 10 years - seeking to apply a penalty usually reserved for the operators of small-time charity frauds to the USA president.

Mr Schneiderman resigned as New York's attorney general in May and has been replaced by Barbara Underwood. 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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