New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation, alleges illegal self-dealing

New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

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".

Donald Trump hit back at the lawsuit on Twitter, saying that "sleazy NY democrats" were "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 tweeted that Democrats "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".

The lawsuit says the foundation illegally helped support the Republican's campaign by raising money at a nationally televised fundraiser in January 2016, then allowing campaign staffers to dictate how the money was spent in grants.

The White House and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Washington Post.

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Underwood said her office began probing the foundation in June 2016, when Schneiderman was still attorney general, and found that it operated without any oversight by a functioning board of directors.

In the suit, Underwood noted that the president had already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes since 2016. 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. "This is unconscionable - particularly because the foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year and a half ago".

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. "Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle", he added.

These included a $100,000 payment to settle legal claims against the Mar-A-Lago resort; a $158,000 payment to settle legal claims against his Trump National Golf Club in 2008 from a hole-in-one tournament; and a $10,000 payment at a charity auction to purchase a painting of Mr Trump that was displayed at the Trump National Doral in Miami.

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