NY sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

President Donald Trump's charitable foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York's attorney general said Wednesday as she sued the charity, Trump and three of his children.

The lawsuit also states that Trump used the foundation to cover legal fees, promote his properties and businesses. "I won't settle this case!"

"Our investigation found that the Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2.8 million in a manner created to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direct and under the control of the senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign", the attorney general said.

Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump were also named in the lawsuit because they have been official board members of the Donald J. Trump Foundation for years.

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.


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".

She's seeking to ban Trump from serving as a director of a NY not-for-profit for 10 years.

Prosecutors also want to bar Trump's three eldest children from the boards of nonprofits based in NY or that operate in NY for one year. Underwood said she has sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission for further investigation.

"This is politics at its worst", the foundation said in a statement. Allegations of misdeeds connected to the Trump Foundation had swirled during the 2016 presidential elections, but the topic had been overshadowed during the early days of the Trump presidency.

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.

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