New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

Donald Trump'broke law by using charity money to decorate his golf club

Donald Trump'broke law by using charity money to decorate his golf club

New York's attorney general filed suit against President Donald Trump and his three eldest children on Thursday, alleging "persistently illegal conduct" at the president's personal charity.

"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 objective or legality", Underwood said in a statement.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney general Barbara Underwood on the morning of Trump's 72nd birthday, seeks $2.8m in restitution and penalties from Trump and asks for the distribution of $1m in assets to other charities.

'Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in NY, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for nearly 2 years.

The Trump Foundation also attacked the attorney general's office and said it was playing "politics at its very worst".

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.

"In 2016, the board knowingly allowed the foundation to be coopted by Trump's presidential campaign", the suit says.

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"I won't settle this case!" he said.

Underwood also asked that Trump be banned from leading any other NY nonprofit for 10 years.

Also named in the suit were Mr Trump's two sons, Eric and Donald Jr.

The legal filing alleges "a pattern of persistent illegal conduct, occurring over more than a decade" including "extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign". 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.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump smiles next to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

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