New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

New York sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

Mr Schneiderman resigned as New York's attorney general in May and has been replaced by Barbara Underwood. Trump is returning from a vacation to Bedminster, N.J.

President Donald Trump's charitable foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York's attorney general said Wednesday as she sued the charity, Trump and three of his children.

Barbara Underwood said the charitable foundation had engaged in "unlawful political coordination" created to influence the 2016 election. Stay tuned for updates.

The lawsuit deepens the legal woes of the president, adding to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his campaign, a federal investigation in NY of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and civil suits related to hush-money deals signed on his behalf. While such foundations are supposed to be devoted to charitable activities, the complaint asserts that Mr. Trump's was often used to curry political favor or settle legal claims against his various businesses, and even spent $10,000 on a portrait of Mr. Trump that was hung at one of his golf clubs. I won't settle this case!,' he wrote.

She asked that its remaining $1 million in assets be distributed to other charities and that Trump be forced to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and penalties. 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. "Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle".

It also accuses the charity of conducting "repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr Trump's personal and business interests". Those included more than $250,000 in payments to settle claims against his Mar-a-Lago resort and the Trump National Golf Club, as well as to purchase a painting of himself that was displayed at his Miami golf club, according to the suit. But those presidential powers couldn't be applied to state level prosecutions such as the one in NY.

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