Donald Trump used the Trump Foundation as his own piggy bank. The worst, but not the least was when he paid his son’s boy scout fees from the foundation. The formidable New York Attorney General Letitia (Tish) Jones inherited the situation when she took office, and this is how it all turned out Thursday.
When Jones took office, she assumed the reins of the civil lawsuit, which was originally filed in June 2018, against Donald Trump and his three oldest children. It went to the New York Supreme Court. The suit alleged that the president, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, were guilty, according to CNN:
‘They violated federal and state campaign laws and abused the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s tax-exempt status.’
The lawsuit charged POTUS and his three oldest children of “persistent” charities’ law violations. New York Supreme Court Justice Salliann indicated that the fraudulent behavior involved:
‘[Unlawful] coordination with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.’
In addition, the court indicated that the four adults:
‘[Allowed the foundation to be used] as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.’
As a partial settlement with the New York AG’s office, the judge ordered the president to pay $2 million to a “collection of nonprofit organizations.”
Former New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood brought the original lawsuit and handed it off to Jones. Underwood released a statement last year that read, according to NBC:
‘Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.’
Justice Scarpulla wrote in her finding:
‘Mr. Trump’s fiduciary duty breaches included allowing his campaign to orchestrate the Fundraiser, allowing his campaign, instead of the Foundation, to direct distribution of the Funds, and using the Fundraiser and distribution of the Funds to further Mr. Trump’s political campaign.’
AG Jones’ office’s efforts meant that the court-supervised family had to dissolve its foundation in December 2018. Members of the Trump family will never be able to open a charitable organization again as a result of their wayward activity with this one.
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