- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2018....
New York's new attorney general Barbara Underwood is suing President Trump and his children, alleging they are guilty of violating campaign finance laws with the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
The lawsuit claims that the charity engaged in illegal political coordination with Trump's campaign, made multiple self-dealing transactions to benefit Trump personally and his business interests, and violated legal obligations for such nonprofits in NY.
The president is accused of using the charitable assets of the foundation to "pay off his legal obligations, to promote Trump hotels and other businesses, and to purchase personal items".
The attorney general is seeking to dissolve the foundation under court supervision and obtain restitution of $2.8 million, plus additional penalties. Stay tuned for updates.
Prosecutors charge Trump with repeatedly misusing the nonprofit to pay off his businesses' creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.
The lawsuit deepens the legal woes of the president, adding to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his campaign, a federal investigation in NY of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and civil suits related to hush-money deals signed on his behalf. Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle, ' he wrote.
The lawsuit alleges that the foundation paid $100,000 to settle legal claims against Mr Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort, $158,000 to settle claims against one of his gold clubs, and $10,000 to purchase a painting of Mr Trump to hang at another of his gold clubs. The lawsuit claims that senior campaign staff, such as then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, were directly involved in the foundation's payouts to non-profits in violation of both state and federal law.
It also accuses the charity of conducting "repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr Trump's personal and business interests". He promised to shut it down in 2016 but could not while the NY investigation was ongoing.