brand-new York Attorney General Barbara Underwood sued President Donald Trump, three of his adult children along with their charitable foundation Thursday, claiming “a pattern of persistent illegal conduct” for more than a decade.
Underwood said the Donald J. Trump Foundation engaged in “extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign.”
She also alleged “repeated along with willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal along with business interests.” She said the foundation violated “basic legal obligations for non-profit foundations.”
In addition to Trump along with the foundation, Underwood will be suing Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, along with their sister Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the president.
The family members are all board members of the foundation, according to Underwood, who filed suit in state court in brand-new York City. Underwood said the board of directors “existed in name only,” since which never met after 1999 along with did not approve of any grants.
Instead, Trump himself “made all the decisions related to the Foundation,” according to the AG’s office.
“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments by Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said in a statement.
“which will be not how private foundations should function along with my office intends to hold the Foundation along with its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”
The attorney general, a Democrat, said which the president used the foundation’s name along with funds which raised by the public to pay off his legal debts, promote Trump-branded hotels along with various other businesses “along with to purchase personal items.”
Those allegedly questionable payments included a $100,000 payment to settle legal claims against the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, a $158,000 payment to settle claims related to a hole-in-one tournament at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County along with $10,000 at a charity auction to buy a painting of Trump which was later displayed at his Trump National Doral in Miami.
along with, at Trump’s behest, the foundation “illegally provided extensive support to his 2016 presidential campaign by using the Trump Foundation’s name along with funds which raised by the public to promote his campaign,” Underwood’s office said.
The AG said the foundation raised more than $2.8 million at a nationally televised event which Trump hosted after he declined to participate in a presidential debate in Iowa.
Trump’s campaign director at the time, Corey Lewandowski, “in violation of state along with federal law,” then “dictated the timing, amounts, along with recipients of grants by the Foundation to non-profits,” the AG’s office said.
The suit said at least 5 grants of $100,000 apiece were awarded by the foundation to groups in Iowa just days before the Feb. 1, 2016, presidential caucuses there.