Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation

"I won't settle this case!" he wrote in one of the tweets.

Trump quickly took to Twitter after the lawsuit was filed.

The attorney general's office said that it was only after it began its investigation that the foundation paid excise taxes on three of the transactions, and that Mr Trump restored funds for those transactions to the charity. "That is not how private foundations should function".

A section of the New York State lawsuit against the Trump Foundation
A section of the New York State lawsuit against the Trump Foundation

The lawsuit states that the foundation's board existed in name only and failed to provide oversight to the organization for at least the past 19 years: "It has not met since 1999 and does not oversee the activities of the Foundation in any way".

Associated Press writers Ryan J. Foley in Iowa City, Iowa; Jake Pearson in NY and Tami Abdollah and Jill Colvin in Washington contributed.

The Republican president attacked the lawsuit in a series of tweets that blamed Democratic politicians in his home state.

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The lawsuit also calls for the Trump Foundation to work with the attorney general in "the distribution of remaining assets to qualified charities".

The lawsuit, filed on Trump's 72nd birthday, marked a new addition to the legal woes facing the White House, ranging from lawsuits from two women claiming affairs with Trump, to the sprawling probe into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation. Trump has denied there was any collusion, and Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election. Trump held the fundraiser instead of participating in the final GOP presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses.

It claims that the Foundation's money was used for various purposes in violation of state and federal laws, such as paying off legal expenses for Trump's businesses, supporting his campaign, promoting his hotels, and even for personal purchases.

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The New York AG's office says former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski regularly emailed the foundation and directed its actions during the runup to the 2016 election.

Paul S. Ryan, head of litigation at Common Cause, a nonpartisan watchdog group in Washington, said the NY filing provides details of actions that could also violate a federal ban on campaigns funneling "soft money" through nonprofits.

Fahrenthold disclosed that Trump used $10,000 in charity funds in 2014 to buy a huge painting of his own dumb face, which hung at the Trump National Doral Miami golf club. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood also sent complaints to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission and asked those agencies to review the information for possible violations of the law. IRS and FEC representatives declined to comment. As evidence, the foundation cited the lawsuit's public release on the same day as the release of the Department of Justice inspector general's report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

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Sitting in the second row (L-R) are Tiffany Trump, Lara Yunaska, and Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr.

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