Trump Foun­da­tion sued by New York at­tor­ney gen

Law­suit says char­ity used to pay Trump’s le­gal fees

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WASH­ING­TON: The US state of New York sued Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, three of his chil­dren and the Trump Foun­da­tion on Thursday, al­leg­ing that the name­sake char­ity has vi­o­lated cam­paign laws.

The law­suit by New York at­tor­ney gen­eral Bar­bara Un­der­wood also al­leged that the char­ity was used to pay Trump’s le­gal fees and pro­mote his busi­nesses. The suit sought $2.8 bil­lion in resti­tu­tion and called for the foun­da­tion to be dis­solved.

“As our in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­veals, the Trump Foun­da­tion was lit­tle more than a cheque­book for pay­ments from Mr Trump or his busi­nesses to non­prof­its, re­gard­less of their pur­pose or le­gal­ity,” Un­der­wood said in a state­ment.

Trump slammed the suit in a tweet, call­ing it the hand­i­work of “sleazy” Democrats.

Along with Trump, the suit names his chil­dren Don­ald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, who sit on its board. It says that all four should be barred from serv­ing on any board of a char­ity in New York.

The suit al­leges that the foun­da­tion raised $2.8 mil­lion in was aimed in­flu­enc­ing the out­come of the 2016 elec­tions. Pay­ments were made from it to groups in Iowa state just be­fore the pri­maries . The foun­da­tion also paid to set­tle dis­putes against Trump busi­ness such as the Trump Na­tional Golf Club and Mar-a-Lago.

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▪ Don­ald Trump at a fund­rais­ing event in Iowa.

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