The New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood just announced via tweet that the Trump Foundation and it’s board of directors (Trump children) are being sued for charity fraud
The lawsuit, which has been building for years now, alleges “unlawful political coordination” with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, “self-dealing” that benefits Trump’s businesses, and other violations of federal charity law. Underwood’s suit also seeks to dissolve the Trump Foundation and collect nearly $3 million dollars in penalties in the process.
“In light of this misconduct and total lack of oversight, we are also suing to dissolve the Trump Foundation under court supervision and bar @realDonaldTrump and the other members of the Trump Foundation’s Board of Directors from serving on the board of any other New York charity.”
President Trump responded via his Twitter account:
“The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case!”
Trump’s remark that former Attorney General Eric Schniederman is “sleazy” and “run out of town” is likely a reference to Schniederman’s resignation after four women accused him of physical assault. However, this has no bearing on the legal proceedings of a charity fraud case brought by the People of the State of New York.
Questions also arise about how a charitable organization could give out more than it took in, as the President said in his tweet.
Trump also remarked,
“Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in New York, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for almost 2 years. Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle”
However there is no evidence that supports Schneiderman never intended to bring the case forward as lawsuits of this nature typically take time to research and gather evidence, so it’s more likely that Scheiderman simply hadn’t finished compiling the case due to workload or lifestyle.
Underwood also sent letters Thursday to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission, “identifying possible violations of federal law for further investigation and legal action by those federal agencies.”