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New York AG Sues Trump Foundation - Cortney O'Brien

14 June 2018

The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and three of his children over what she says was "persistently illegal conduct" at the nonprofit Donald J. Trump Foundation, The Washington Post reports.

In a statement, Ms Underwood said Mr Trump had illegally instructed his foundation to provide support to his presidential campaign by using the foundation's name and funds it raised to promote the campaign. "I won't settle this case!"

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The suit centers on a "pattern of illegal conduct by the Foundation and its board members includ [ing] improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement even elementary corporate formalities required by law".

The White House and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Washington Post.

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The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, culminated a almost two-year investigation of Mr. Trump's charity, which became a subject of scrutiny during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. 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. "Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle", he added.

The president had already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes since 2016.

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The lawsuit follows an investigation of the Trump foundation that began in June 2016 under the previous NY attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in disgrace in May. 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. Those included more than $250,000 in payments to settle claims against his Mar-a-Lago resort and the Trump National Golf Club, as well as to purchase a painting of himself that was displayed at his Miami golf club, according to the suit. Schneiderman ordered the foundation to stop fundraising in NY.

New York AG Sues Trump Foundation - Cortney O'Brien