Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

NY sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

NY sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

President Donald Trump on Thursday angrily lashed out at the New York Attorney General's office after it sued his family for allegedly conducting multiple illegal operations via the purportedly nonprofit Trump Foundation.

"The foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization", Underwood said in a 41-page complaint filed in NY state court in Manhattan.

NY state began investigating the Trump Foundation in response to a probe by The Washington Post. 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.

NY is also seeking $2.8 million of restitution plus penalties, a 10-year ban on Trump serving as a director of a NY nonprofit, and one-year bans for his children Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka.

"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", he wrote.

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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". 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 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.

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

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.

Trump slammed the suit in series of tweets made nearly immediately after knowledge of it became public.

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