Friday, 3 December 2021

Trump sued for ‘illegal conduct’ at family foundation

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump, his sons and daughter, were accused Thursday of “persistently illegal conduct” at their family foundation, in a lawsuit alleging Trump misused charity funds to finance everything from his election campaign to a portrait of himself.

The suit filed by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood accuses the Donald J. Trump foundation of “extensive unlawful political coordination” with the Republican’s 2016 campaign, and “repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal and business interests,” violating laws governing non-profit foundations.

According to the suit, the real estate tycoon used foundation funds to settle lawsuits, promote his Trump-branded hotels, and for personal spending – including the purchase of a portrait that was then mounted on the wall at one of his golf clubs.

The civil lawsuit, filed on Trump’s 72nd birthday, marked a new addition to the legal woes facing the White House, ranging from lawsuits from two women claiming affairs with Trump, to the sprawling probe into his campaign’s ties with Russia and obstruction by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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