Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

New York Attorney General sues Trump and Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General sues Trump and Trump Foundation

The lawsuit, filed on Trump's 72nd birthday in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks $2.8m in restitution plus penalties, a 10-year ban on Trump serving as a director of a ny nonprofit, and one-year bans for his children.

She asked a state judge to dissolve the Trump Foundation in the filing, saying the president repeatedly misused the money within the nonprofit for his own use, including paying debts, according to a NY state investigation.

Schneiderman "never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for nearly 2 years", Trump wrote.

The foundation denied the allegations, calling them politically motivated. And the painting, which was hanging at a Trump golf club in the Miami area, was returned to the foundation. Trump is a Republican.

The Trump Foundation also entered into at least five self-dealing transactions that were unlawful because they benefitted Mr. Trump or businesses he controls.

In a handwritten note, Trump directed that $100,000 in foundation money go to settle legal claims against Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the lawsuit said.

In 2012, a man named Martin B. Greenberg sued the Trump National Golf Club after he made a hole-in-one at a fundraising golf tournament that had promised to pay $1 million to golfers who aced the 13th hole, as he did. This is unheard of for a charitable foundation. Trump had already pledged to dismantle it. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted several of Trump's associates and raided the home and office of the president's long-time lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen.

That investigation appears to be rigorous, fair and nonpartisan - which is precisely why it scares Trump and his enablers so much. "That is not how private foundations should function".

Barbara Underwood said on Thursday that the charitable foundation had engaged in "unlawful political co-ordination" created to influence the 2016 election. The restrictions are in place to ensure that donations are used for the expressed goal of the nonprofits; violations can result in penalties, including revocation of the organization's nonprofit status.

In exchange for tax-exempt status, charities are required to follow rules that include a strict prohibition against involvement in political campaigns. "This statutory prohibition is absolute". Trump said the event would raise money to help veterans.

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The list was created by another campaign staffer, Lisa Maciejowski Gambuzza, and edited by a third, Stuart Jolly, a political director. The President's campaign in Iowa is one of the primary focal points of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks to ban the president from serving as the director of any NY non-profit for 10 years, and seeks similar one-year bans for each of his children, who serve on the foundation's board. A one-year ban is asked for his three children.

The action could force Trump's children to curtail relationships with a variety of organizations. She said she is not sure what to make of the lawsuit against Trump. However, no publicly filed reports are available for that group yet.

The attorney general's office has also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for further investigation and legal action.

But Mr Schneiderman resigned in May 2018 after a former girlfriend accused him of domestic abuse.

The New York investigation found that the charity raised more than $2.8 million to influence the election in coordination with senior leadership on Trump's campaign.

Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, released a statement from the Trump Foundation on Thursday that characterized the lawsuit as "politics at its very worst".

Underwood and Schneiderman are Democrats. Trump's tweets also pointed to Schneiderman's resignation.

Trump responded to the lawsuit less than an hour after it was made public, blasting "sleazy New York Democrats and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman". It seems rather coincidental that this law suit would be filed on Donald Trump's birthday, however this may be a politicization of a legitimate ongoing legal process.

"This is unconscionable - particularly because the Foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year and a half ago", a representative of the foundation said in a statement obtained by Business Insider.

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