NY sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

The New York state attorney general's office on Thursday sued the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors, accusing the charity of unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trump's presidential campaign.

Barbara Underwood said the foundation had engaged in "extensive unlawful political coordination" created to influence the 2016 election.

Underwood further asked that the state judge dissolve Trump's foundation, which he founded in 1987, and ordered Trump to pay a minimum of $2.8 million in penalties. The lawsuit also seeks to bar the Trumps or the Trump Foundation from engaging in supposedly charitable activity for 10 years.

The state's investigation, which stemmed from the Post's 2016 reporting on the charity, found that the Trump family allegedly violated a law that requires tax-exempt foundations to benefit the public good rather than the founders privately. He promised to shut it down in 2016 but could not while the NY investigation was ongoing.

Trump tweeted that Democrats "are 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".

The president is accused of using the charitable assets of the foundation to "pay off his legal obligations, to promote Trump hotels and other businesses, and to purchase personal items". "I won't settle this case!"

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.

In the suit, Underwood noted that the president had already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes since 2016. She's also seeking a one-year ban for each of his three children that serve as board members. Underwood also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission identifying possible violations of federal law for the departments to investigate. The AG's office wants the foundation dissolved.

Trump slammed the suit in series of tweets made nearly immediately after knowledge of it became public. "The acting NYAG's recent statement that battling the White House is "the most important work [she] have ever done" shows that such political attacks will continue unabated".

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