NY sues to dissolve Trump Foundation, cites illegal conduct

Happy birthday Mr. President! NYS Attorney General files civil lawsuit against Trump his kids and his charity foundation

Donald Trump has been sued by the NY attorney general over claims he broke the law by using money from his personal charity to decorate a golf club.

The Trump Foundation issued a statement criticising the lawsuit as "politics at its very worst" and accusing the attorney general of holding its $1.7 million in remaining funds "hostage for political gain".

Underwood said they had failed to scrutizine outgoings at the foundation as is required by the law, and that its board had not met since 1999. "His disciples brought it when we would not settle". He promised to shut it down in 2016 but could not while the NY investigation was ongoing.

She also asked that Trump be banned from heading any other nonprofits in NY for the next decade.

"Mr. Trump's wrongful use of the foundation to benefit his campaign was willful and knowing", the lawsuit alleges, further alleging that Trump perjured himself when he "repeatedly" declared in tax documents that "the foundation did not carry out political activity". Trump presented enlarged copies of checks to veterans groups at campaign events.

Underwood, who replaced Eric Schneiderman and has pledged not to seek re-election in the fall, indicated that Trump's actions represent repeated violations of both state and federal law.

Schneiderman resigned last month after he was accused of physically abusing women he dated; he denied the allegations. She made the comment when she announced that she was continuing an effort begun under Mr Schneiderman to change New York's double jeopardy law so that state and local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against aides to Mr Trump who have been pardoned. Instead, Donald Trump used it over and over again improperly for his own business and political ventures, says Underwood, adding that Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump didn't fulfill their roles as board members in stopping him.

The lawsuit, filed in the Supreme Court of the State of NY, calls for enjoining Trump from serving as an office, director of trustee of a nonprofit in the state for the next ten years, and for his children to be barred for the next year.

But roughly $2.8 million was raised for the foundation at a 2016 Iowa political fund-raiser for the Trump campaign.

Trump responded quickly on Twitter.

Underwood's suit was filed the same day the Justice Department's inspector general was due to release a report on former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Trump was president of the foundation since its founding in 1987.

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