NY sues to dissolve Trump Foundation, cites illegal conduct

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D) filed a lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti: "I think that Michael Cohen is in a very, very bad spot" MSNBC reporter: Detained immigrant children "effectively incarcerated" in Texas facility GOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn't support Trump "will be making a mistake" MORE, the Donald J. Trump Foundation and members of the Trump family on Thursday, alleging that the charity has violated federal and state law. Trump responded on Twitter with a string of tweets: According to the petition, Trump used the Trump Foundation's charitable assets to pay off his legal obligations, to promote Trump hotels and other businesses, and to purchase personal items. I won't settle this case!,' he wrote.

The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the Trump Foundation, Ms Underwood said.

Underwood is also seeking restitution of the $2.8 million she says was paid to the presidential campaign and penalties.

The lawsuit was filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

Sitting in the second row (L-R) are Tiffany Trump, Lara Yunaska, and Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr.

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.

President Donald Trump's charitable foundation has persistently broken state and federal laws with improper political activity, self-dealing and failing to follow basic fiduciary obligations, NY said in a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the organization. Underwood said she has sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission for further investigation.

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

Nevertheless, as NY attorney general Ms Underwood has significant investigatory and prosecutorial power - and if she starts flushing the bushes of some of Mr Trump's more questionable charitable activities, there's no telling what she might turn up.

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