President Donald Trump on Thursday angrily lashed out at the New York Attorney General's office after it sued his family for allegedly conducting multiple illegal operations via the purportedly nonprofit Trump Foundation.
Barbara Underwood said the foundation had engaged in "extensive unlawful political coordination" created to influence the 2016 election.
Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, accused the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors of conducting "extensive unlawful political coordination" with the campaign, and "repeated and willful self-dealing" to benefit Trump's personal and business interests.
Sitting in the second row (L-R) are Tiffany Trump, Lara Yunaska, and Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr.
The lawsuit alleges that the foundation paid $100,000 to settle legal claims against Mr Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort, $158,000 to settle claims against one of his gold clubs, and $10,000 to purchase a painting of Mr Trump to hang at another of his gold clubs. But those presidential powers couldn't be applied to state level prosecutions such as the one in NY.
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The lawsuit also accuses Mr. Trump of using the foundation's charitable assets to pay his legal bills and promote Trump businesses.
"This is politics at its worst", the foundation said in a statement. I won't settle this case!,' he wrote.
Donald Trump hit back at the lawsuit on Twitter, saying that "sleazy NY democrats" were "doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000". The suit seeks $2.8 million in restitution and the dissolution of the foundation.
"For more than a decade, the Donald J. Trump Foundation has operated in persistent violation of state and federal law governing New York State charities", the complaint states.
The lawsuit deepens the legal woes of the president, adding to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his campaign, a federal investigation in NY of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and civil suits related to hush-money deals signed on his behalf.