Trump And His Children Sued For Using The Trump Foundation Charity As A Personal And Political Piggybank
The New York Attorney General has sued the Trump Foundation and its directors Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump.
BuzzFeed reported that the suit alleges that the non-profit was essentially a checkbook for personal and political gain.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said the foundation "operated in persistent violation" of state and federal charity laws.
The suit alleges that the Trump Foundation, and specifically the president and his three children, engaged in a "pattern of illegal conduct."
This included "improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations," the suit reads.
“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood Underwood began a proceeding to dissolve the the foundation and requested that it pay $2.8 million in restitution and penalties.
Additionally, the suit asks that the president be banned from serving as directors of a nonprofit for 10 years and each of his three eldest children be banned for one year.
In response the news of the suit, President Trump tweeted that he would not settle the case.