Donald Trump, Trump Foundation sued by NY over 'unlawful political coordination'

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and President Donald Trump

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump and his three oldest adult children, accusing the president and his family of misusing Trump's charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, in a "pattern of illegal conduct".

Underwood called the foundation "little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his business to nonprofits" in the suit obtained by the paper.

Trump, who set up the foundation in 1987, attacked the lawsuit in several tweets blaming Democrat politicians.

The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

"This is politics at its very worst", the statement said, noting that the former NY attorney general who began the investigation, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, was a vocal Trump opponent.

She also asked that Trump be forced to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and penalties and that the sitting president be banned from heading up any other NY nonprofit organization for 10 years.

After New York's attorney general began investigating, Trump's business empire reimbursed the foundation for the money spent to settle the business disputes.

The lawsuit points to Trump's decision to refuse to participate in a Republican primary debate in Iowa in January 2016, and instead host a fundraiser to benefit veterans.

An official for the watchdog group Common Cause said the NY investigation provided details of actions that could also violate a federal ban on campaigns funneling "soft money" through nonprofits.

In addition to these allegations, the 40-page complaint says that the Foundation made false statements in filings with the Attorney General's office, wasted assets, and engaged in self-dealing. The foundation and campaign were in touch about how to disburse the funds, and Trump presented large presentation copies of supposed checks from the foundation to veterans' charities at his campaign rallies.

"The prior NYAG, who was recently forced to resign from office in disgrace, made it his stated mission to use this matter to not only advance his own political goals, but also for his own political fundraising", the spokesman added. At the time, a Bondi spokeswoman told the Orlando Sentinel that, "We are now reviewing the allegations in the NY complaint", but neither Bondi nor her office went further than that. If nothing else, Ms Underwood's action on Thursday moved the Trump Foundation closer to an end. Trump's tweets also pointed to Schneiderman's resignation and his support for Trump's 2016 Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton. The petition further alleges that, after collecting the funds from the fundraiser, the political campaign (including Corey Lewandowski) was allowed to make direct the "timing, amounts and recipients" of the funds collected from the fundraiser.

Related:

  • These weird , homophobic tweets made a ‘Stranger Things’ actress quit Twitter

    These weird , homophobic tweets made a ‘Stranger Things’ actress quit Twitter

    Numerous posts attribute obviously false quotes like "We don't need gun control, we need faggot patrol" to the British star. Actress Millie Bobby Brown has quit Twitter after she was made the subject of a series of vile, homophobic memes.
    From the Real to the Digital: Things We Used to Do in Real life That Now Thrive Online

    From the Real to the Digital: Things We Used to Do in Real life That Now Thrive Online

    Our top tip: For real money gaming, you can check bgo or you can test out some of the free play options available on Facebook. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of things we used to do in real life that we now do (more impressively) online.
    Microgaming’s vision of the future with virtual reality

    Microgaming’s vision of the future with virtual reality

    It is true that this is only a prototype and Microgaming has yet to actually make a huge cultural impact with a device like this. At the moment, players are basically projected into a virtual reality world through the use of this technology.
  • Adult Danny Torrance Cast in Stephen King's DOCTOR SLEEP

    Adult Danny Torrance Cast in Stephen King's DOCTOR SLEEP

    Doctor Sleep , Stephen King's sequel to horror novel The Shining , is being made into a movie, and McGregor is taking the lead. The actor has been cast as adult Danny Torrance in " Doctor Sleep ", Variety confirms.
    What Got Mark Hamill to Return to the Star Wars Galaxy?

    What Got Mark Hamill to Return to the Star Wars Galaxy?

    While Luke will probably have a key role to play in the new movies, it’s certain the new actors will dominate the storyline. He felt he needed to know what all those years have done to Luke even if the material doesn’t get told in the actual movie.
    Wise casino advices

    Wise casino advices

    Tips casino players online You need to understand the difference between traditional casinos and online casinos. Still, the main goal, anyway, is to get a prize and the opportunity to become rich without putting an effort.
  • The War in Yemen: Saudi-led forces launch assault on Hudaida

    The War in Yemen: Saudi-led forces launch assault on Hudaida

    The United Nations and worldwide aid organizations pulled staff out of the city and surrounding area before the deadline. The siege started on Wednesday despite United Nations warnings that it could lead to significant civilian casualties.
    Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Spectacular dancers will complement the spectacular dance of any composition, leaving an unforgettable impression in your memory. A special chic to the club is given by colorful and incendiary performances, over which a professional choreographer works.
    True Love Exists!

    True Love Exists!

    Moreover, for the first time, Ivy and David even did not see each other, due to the fact that their communication was online. It should be noticed that these two people began relations just as friends, as they lived in different countries.
  • Afghanistan bowlers enjoy late success on Test cricket debut against India

    Afghanistan bowlers enjoy late success on Test cricket debut against India

    Only last month, an attack on a cricket match in Khan´s home city of Jalalabad killed eight people and wounded 45. Star Sports Network holds the broadcast rights of home matches of Indian Cricket Team.
    Global Resource Coin

    Global Resource Coin

    In addition, from the year 2018 GRC’s cryptocurrency rate is expected to grow due to its social usefulness and relevance. In order to do this, you need to have a considerable amount of money, a special financial education and a special license.
    Weekend that could determine the destination of the Premier League title

    Weekend that could determine the destination of the Premier League title

    Many neutrals are hoping to see a fitting ending to what has been a fairytale story that may even be turned into a box office film, such has been the feat of their achievements.

Comments

Other news