New York State files suit against Trump, children over charitable foundation

New York State files suit against Trump, children over charitable foundation

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President-Elect Donald Trump, joined by children Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr., waits to speak at his first press conference at Trump Tower in New York. January 11, 2017. Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN

WASHINGTON — New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit on Thursday against President Donald Trump, three of his adult children and the Donald J. Trump Foundation alleging that the charitable organization’s funds were misused for over a decade.

“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said in a statement.

The suit claims that the Trump campaign illegally coordinated with the foundation in order to influence the 2016 election.

Underwood’s office released a copy of an email that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski sent to the organization asking them to make disbursements to veterans groups in Iowa prior to the state’s caucus.

In addition to the political concerns, the suit claims that the foundation engaged in self-dealing by paying for legal settlements on behalf of the Trump family’s private interests.

The attorney general is seeking at least $2.8 million in restitution.

In addition, the suit seeks to dissolve the group and bar Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump  who were on the group’s board of directors and described as largely derelict  from serving on the board of any other New York charity.

The full suit can be read here.

President Trump responded on Twitter, tying the lawsuit to the abrupt departure of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned last month amid assault claims levied by four women.

Trump said he will not settle.

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