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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:40 AM

UPDATE: New York files suit against Trump, alleging his charity engaged in 'illegal conduct'

Source: Washington Post

The New York attorney general on Thursday filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children alleging "persistently illegal conduct" at the president's personal charity, saying Trump repeatedly misused the nonprofit -- to pay off his businesses' creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.

In the suit, filed Thursday morning, attorney general Barbara Underwood asked a state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation. She asked that its remaining $1 million in assets be distributed to other charities and that Trump be forced to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and penalties.

Underwood also asks that Trump be banned from leading any other New York nonprofit for 10 years -- seeking to apply a penalty usually reserved for the operators of small-time charity frauds to the president of the United States.

In the suit, Underwood noted that Trump had already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes since 2016. New York state began probing the Trump Foundation in response to an investigation by The Washington Post.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-york-files-suit-against-president-trump-alleging-his-charity-engaged-in-illegal-conduct/2018/06/14/c3cbf71e-6fc9-11e8-bd50-b80389a4e569_story.html





Original story -

by Washington Post Staff June 14 at 10:38 AM

The lawsuit, filed by state Attorney General Barbara Underwood, comes after an investigation spurred by The Washington Post's reporting.

The suit accuses President Trump and his three eldest children of repeatedly misusing his nonprofit, including to pay off his businesses' creditors, decorate one of his golf clubs and stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.

Underwood asked a state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation, to distribute its remaining $1 million in assets to other charities, and to force Trump to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and damages. She also asked that the president be banned from leading any other New York nonprofit for 10 years.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/06/14/new-york-files-suit-against-trump-alleging-his-charity-engaged-in-illegal-conduct/?utm_term.08c5b49153c1


Edit to add NYT article -

N.Y. Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation Over Self-Dealing

By Danny Hakim

June 14, 2018

The New York State attorney general's office filed a scathingly worded lawsuit on Thursday taking aim at the Donald J. Trump Foundation, accusing the charity and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign.

The lawsuit, which seeks to dissolve the foundation and bar President Trump and three of his children from serving on nonprofit organizations, was an unprecedented rebuke of a sitting president. The attorney general also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action, adding to Mr. Trump's extensive legal problems.

The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, culminated a nearly two-year investigation of Mr. Trump's charity, which became a subject of scrutiny during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. While such foundations are supposed to be devoted to charitable activities, the complaint asserts that Mr. Trump's was often used to curry political favor or settle legal claims against his various businesses, and even spent $10,000 on a portrait of Mr. Trump that was hung at one of his golf clubs.

The $10,000 portrait was one of several examples of the foundation being used in "at least five self-dealing transactions," according to the attorney general's office, violating tax regulations that prohibit using nonprofit charities for private interests.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/nyregion/trump-foundation-lawsuit-attorney-general.html


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Reply UPDATE: New York files suit against Trump, alleging his charity engaged in 'illegal conduct' (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Jun 2018 OP
bucolic_frolic Jun 2018 #1
brooklynite Jun 2018 #2
DonViejo Jun 2018 #3
Scarsdale Jun 2018 #15
PunkinPi Jun 2018 #4
jberryhill Jun 2018 #26
PunkinPi Jun 2018 #29
fleur-de-lisa Jun 2018 #5
greatauntoftriplets Jun 2018 #6
lagomorph777 Jun 2018 #14
mobeau69 Jun 2018 #7
DesertRat Jun 2018 #8
Mc Mike Jun 2018 #9
world wide wally Jun 2018 #10
PearliePoo2 Jun 2018 #11
lagomorph777 Jun 2018 #12
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2018 #13
BumRushDaShow Jun 2018 #16
Initech Jun 2018 #17
forgotmylogin Jun 2018 #37
KPN Jun 2018 #18
Duppers Jun 2018 #21
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 2018 #19
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2018 #20
MrsCoffee Jun 2018 #32
FakeNoose Jun 2018 #22
yallerdawg Jun 2018 #23
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2018 #24
turbinetree Jun 2018 #25
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2018 #27
Mira Jun 2018 #28
kimbutgar Jun 2018 #30
angrychair Jun 2018 #31
duforsure Jun 2018 #33
ailsagirl Jun 2018 #34
Pepsidog Jun 2018 #35
Vinca Jun 2018 #36
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2018 #38
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2018 #39

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:42 AM

1. Tee Time!

Tee'd off that is!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:45 AM

2. AG's Statement

NEW YORK - Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and its directors, Donald J. Trump (“Mr. Trump”), Donald J. Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump. The petition filed today alleges a pattern of persistent illegal conduct, occurring over more than a decade, that includes extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for non-profit foundations. The Attorney General initiated a special proceeding to dissolve the Trump Foundation under court supervision and obtain restitution of $2.8 million and additional penalties. The AG’s lawsuit also seeks a ban from future service as a director of a New York not-for-profit of 10 years for Mr. Trump and one year for each of the Foundation’s other board members, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump. The Attorney General also sent referral letters today 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.

As alleged in the petition, Mr. Trump used the Trump Foundation’s charitable assets to pay off his legal obligations, to promote Trump hotels and other businesses, and to purchase personal items. In addition, at Mr. Trump’s behest, the Trump Foundation illegally provided extensive support to his 2016 presidential campaign by using the Trump Foundation’s name and funds it raised from the public to promote his campaign for presidency, including in the days before the Iowa nominating caucuses.

“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,” said Attorney General Underwood. “This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”

The Attorney General’s investigation found that Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2.8 million in a manner designed to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direction and under the control of senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign. The Foundation raised the funds from the public at the nationally televised fundraiser Mr. Trump held in lieu of participating in the presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 28, 2016. In violation of state and federal law, senior Trump campaign staff, including Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski, dictated the timing, amounts, and recipients of grants by the Foundation to non-profits, as evidenced by communications between Campaign staff and Foundation representatives:

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:45 AM

3. Happy Birthday, Mr. Trump!!! Hope you have a really great, great day! eom

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Response to DonViejo (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:04 AM

15. But, but

Hillary is the crooked one, RIGHT?? The tRump family hit the big time when he was installed into the WH by Putin. Easiest money making gig EVER.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:47 AM

4. State crimes, no pardons!! nt

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Response to PunkinPi (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:45 AM

26. It's a civil suit, not a criminal complaint

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #26)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 12:40 PM

29. Thanks for the clarification. I meant to have one of my exclamations be a question mark,

since I wasn't 100% sure. Glad to have DU's resident attorney on it.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:50 AM

5. Perfect timing! Have a miserable birthday, Dolt45!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:52 AM

6. Perfect timing!

What a nice birthday present for Spanky.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:03 AM

14. This, plus the US DOJ IG report that says Comey got Trump elected.



Happy birthday indeed!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:52 AM

7. Love it!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:56 AM

8. Wow!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:56 AM

9. Go, AG Underwood! rec, thanks, nt.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:58 AM

10. I wish there was some jail time associated with this too

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:00 AM

11. Crooked Hillary, eh Donald?


I hope you can hear her laughing all the way from Chappaqua!

Oh, and fuck you and your slimey kids too!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:02 AM

12. So getting rid of Schneiderman didn't work.

Oops.

This looks like trouble.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:02 AM

13. Emails show Trump's campaign dictated who the charity donated to, and how much,...

Emails show @realdonaldtrump’s campaign dictated who the charity donated to, and how much, despite ban on political activity by nonprofits.



The suit specifically discusses the veterans fundraiser Trump held to skip out of a Fox News debate and cites emails written by Corey Lewandowski.


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:08 AM

16. Lewandowski has managed to float under the radar.

I believe he has been interviewed by Mueller but he has oddly disappeared of late.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:08 AM

17. Once again the very thing they accused the Clintons of!

I swear it's their playbook - projection!

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Response to Initech (Reply #17)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 02:10 PM

37. Fox says the Clintons caused them to do this.

They were just "innocently following" by example.

hahahahahahahaAhaahahahAAAHAAHAHAHA

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:18 AM

18. So I guess now we will see how well our

institutions hold up to a Trump cartel strengthened and emboldened by the full support and force of a deeply corrupted GOP of Trump.

While this appears to be good news, in reality only time will tell. It depends on how wide and deep the corruption ultimately runs.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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Response to KPN (Reply #18)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:28 AM

21. Totally agree.

The only way we're going to get rid of the lying asshole is to vote him out office. But how would that happen with the Russians rigging the voting machines?


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:20 AM

19. Just watch, very soon we will see...

ramped-up, rabid Repug attacks on the Clinton Foundation and all the while making dozens of lame excuses for Herr tRump and his mob family scam.

And, very soon thereafter they will go after the Obama Foundation with vengeance.

They just can't seem to help themselves without a big daily dose of whataboutism, projection and deception.

....... ..........

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:22 AM

20. BREAKING: Trump says he won't settle ridiculous' lawsuit alleging Trump Foundation engaged in....

BREAKING: Trump says he won't settle `ridiculous' lawsuit alleging Trump Foundation engaged in pattern of illegal self-dealing.

8:21 AM - 14 Jun 2018


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:14 PM

32. Meaning that is exactly what he will try to do. Settle.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:30 AM

22. Trump Foundation was never a charity

It's always been a scam since Day One. It has been used by the Trump family for political gain, financial skirting of the law and avoiding taxes. New York State, please lock this family up.

Cheeto doesn't want to settle the case - fine by us!



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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:32 AM

23. Beautiful!



A Democratic senator might think this alone qualifies as 'high crimes and misdemeanors!'

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:37 AM

24. NY AG: We are suing the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors

We are suing the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors @realDonaldTrump, Donald J. Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump for extensive and persistent violations of state and federal law. https://on.ny.gov/2JGcVag



Our investigation found that the Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2.8 million in a manner designed to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direction and under the control of senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign.



You can read our petition here: https://on.ny.gov/2lbdv0V


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:44 AM

25. Fraud is still fraud...............of abusing the charity laws.................so he is fraudster..



I want to see how he applied this on his tax returns..............................when he was defrauding the stated purpose of the charity and was using the money for something else............like manicuring his golf greens....................fraud is still fraud................the traitor and his family have no clothes................humpty dumpty...................comes to mind.....................


happy birthday traitor.................did you choke on your cake when this came down..............a sane person would..............but probably not you................what a

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:57 AM

27. In this video, @Fahrenthold explains how President Trump directed people who owed him money to....

David Fahrenthold Retweeted:

In this video, @Fahrenthold explains how President Trump directed people who owed him money to make their payments to the tax-exempt Trump Foundation instead.

They're now being sued by the New York AG.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/how-donald-trump-directed-millions-to-his-foundation/2016/09/26/92c40ace-843b-11e6-b57d-dd49277af02f_video.html


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:58 AM

28. Happy Birthday Mister President

Happy Birthday to you!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 12:55 PM

30. Take comfort twitler can't pardon himself on this one!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 12:57 PM

31. I'm confused

So they are accused of illegally routing and misuse of millions of dollars for personal gain and to support his political campaign and the worst that happens is he can’t have a charity in NY for 10 years?!?!?

Meanwhile if steal a candy bar or jaywalk I’m going to jail if I don’t get shot dead or billy clubbed half to death.

Wealthy and white does have its privileges.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:30 PM

33. Crimes which he can't pardon away,

And something he accused Hillary and Bill of doing. Once again something he accused others of doing that he was doing all along. Was he wiretapping President Obama ?

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:35 PM

34. YES!!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:39 PM

35. Pure unadulterated scum the entire Trump clan

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:57 PM

36. Happy Birthday, dear Don. Happy Birthday, dear Don. Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday . . .

What to get for the man who has everything.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 02:13 PM

38. The smallest gift the Trump Foundation dispersed was $7 to the Boy Scouts in 1989, for Don Jr.

David Fahrenthold Retweeted:

The smallest gift the Trump Foundation dispersed was $7 to the Boy Scouts in 1989, when the registration fee was $7 and Don. Jr. was 11. The largest gift of $264,631 covered a fountain renovation outside Trump's Plaza Hotel that enhanced the view.



{later in the thread:}

Cripes. He was too cheap to even pay his son's boy scout registration - used the charity for that!


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 02:43 PM

39. Grifters gonna grift

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