The attorney general of NY state sued the Donald J Trump charitable foundation, President Trump and three of his children on Thursday for violating state charity laws, alleging that the Trumps used charitable assets as "little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr Trump" and his companies.
"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 goal or legality", Underwood said in a statement. In addition, at Trump's behest, the Trump Foundation is accused of illegally providing extensive support to his 2016 presidential campaign by using the Trump Foundation's name and funds it raised from the public to promote his campaign for presidency, including in the days before the Iowa nominating caucuses.
A section of the New York State lawsuit against the Trump Foundation
Foundation attorney Sheri Dillon and a Trump Organization spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
New York's attorney general, Barbara Underwood, has begun a special proceeding to dissolve the Trump foundation under court supervision and obtain restitution of $2.8m (£2.1m) alongside additional penalties.More news: Wendy's, Denny's and more trolling IHOP over burger announcement
Trump has already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes, Underwood said in the suit. Trump allegedly used the Donald J. Trump Foundation to pay off creditors, settle legal disputes for his businesses, and, in one case, buy a $10,000 portrait of himself. Underwood said she has sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission for further investigation. "Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle". "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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It also accuses the charity of conducting "repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr Trump's personal and business interests". Schneiderman ordered the foundation to stop fundraising in NY.More news: Sarah Sanders responds to claims of her leaving the White House