Donald Trump has frequently bragged about the charitable works he has done through the Trump Foundation, but the organization’s activities have raised some legal questions. For the most part, he has promised that his organization has abided by all rules and regulations, but recently he admitted that might not be the case.
The GOP nominee appeared on Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson and was asked a question regarding the current investigations into Trump University and the Trump Foundation.
‘I want to hit on a couple of personal controversies for you. New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, who’s already suing you over Trump University, which he’s called a bait and switch fraud, now says he’s opened an inquiry to the Trump Foundation. Are you confident that the Trump foundation has followed all charitable rules and laws?’
The GOP nominee’s response was a bit less than his usual boisterous confidence.
‘Well, I hope so, I mean, my lawyers do it. We give away money, I don’t make anything, I take no salaries, I take no — any costs, I have zero costs, and a lot of money goes through the Trump Foundation into charities. Goes to charities, it doesn’t go to me, it goes to charities.’
We understand that running a major presidential campaign and a multi-million dollar company is bound to be time consuming, but it is still a bit worrying that he isn’t 100 percent sure his Foundation is on solid legal ground.
Trump’s last line, where he assured Attkisson that the Foundation’s money went to charities and not himself, is possibly in reference to a recent Washington Post story that alleges the GOP nominee used the charity’s money to pay off expenses incurred by his businesses.
During the course of the interview, Attkisson did mention that the Clinton Foundation, overseen by Bill and Hillary Clinton, is not currently under investigation. It should be noted that New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is a supporter of Hillary Clinton, but has found nothing worthy of investigation regarding the Clinton Foundation. When Attkisson pointed this out, Trump referenced “hundreds of millions of dollars” and called it “very interesting.”
Trump was likely hinting at allegations that, during her time as Secretary of State, wealthy donors would give money to the Clinton Foundation in order to meet with Clinton. There is no evidence to back this up and the Clinton Foundation currently has an A rating from the watchdog group Charity Watch.
You can watch Attikisson’s interview below:
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