Donald Trump Fraud

New York Files Lawsuit Against the Trump Family and Foundation for Illegal Self-Dealing

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who recently replaced the disgraced former attorney general Eric Schneiderman, has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, his children, and the Trump Foundation.

The Trump family and their fraudulent foundation are accused of self-dealing in a manner that the Clinton Foundation never would have even dreamed of.

It would be fair to describe the Trump Foundation as a glorified slush fund but, more specifically, the Foundation is accused of using charitable donations to cover personal and company expenses. The state's lawsuit also contains proof that Trump allowed his 2016 campaign officials including his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to use the Foundation's money as they saw fit.

From the Washington Post:

Underwood declined to comment on the case beyond issuing a written statement. “As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said in the statement.

Underwood said she had sent letters to both the IRS and the Federal Election Commission, identifying what she called “possible violations” of tax law and federal campaign law by Trump’s foundation. [...]

“The Foundation’s directors failed to meet basic fiduciary duties and abdicated all responsibility for ensuring that the Foundation’s assets were used in compliance with the law,” Underwood wrote.

Underwood is asking the court to permanently dissolve the Trump Foundation and to ban Donald Trump from creating a New York-based nonprofit for at least 10 years. The lawsuit also calls for Trump's children Eric, Ivanka, and Don Jr. to be banned from nonprofits for at least one year.


I try not to think about it too much because it's infuriating, but we should take a moment to recognize that a significant portion of our political and news media spent the closing months of the 2016 election trying to find fire at the Clinton Foundation where there was no smoke

The Trump Foundation fraud was right in front of them. I mean a lot of this isn't even news. Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Trump Foundation in 2016, which actually prompted the investigation by the New York attorney general's office, but that did not stop our political press from hounding the Clintons like rabid ambulance chasers.

  • muselet

    I find this oddly amusing:

    A spokesman for the Trump Foundation said Underwood’s lawsuit is “politics at its very worst.”

    “The Foundation currently has $1.7 million remaining which the [New York Attorney General] has been holding hostage for political gain,” the spokesman said in a statement. “This is unconscionable — particularly because the Foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year and a half ago.”

    “The prior NYAG, who was recently forced to resign from office in disgrace, made it his stated mission to use this matter to not only advance his own political goals, but also for his own political fundraising,” the spokesman added. “The acting NYAG’s recent statement that battling the White House is ‘the most important work [she] have ever done’ shows that such political attacks will continue unabated.”

    The sheer brazenness is breathtaking. “The Trump family was about to strip the assets from the Foundation and abscond with the proceeds when the New York Attorney General’s office stopped us. And have I mentioned Eric Schneiderman’s resignation? It’s all politics, I tells ya!” I’ll give that anonymous spokesman credit: he didn’t call the investigation a witch hunt, although that may be because he missed a memo from his boss.

    If even half of the allegations pan out, this will be expensive for the Trump family.

    –alopecia

  • ninjaf

    The Trump Foundation fraud was right in front of them. I mean a lot of this isn’t even news. Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Trump Foundation in 2016, which actually prompted the investigation by the New York attorney general’s office, but that did not stop our political press from hounding the Clintons like rabid ambulance chasers.

    But they had to find the “both sides” story, otherwise they would be accused of having a “liberal bias” by people who were never going to consume their news to begin with. Is it any wonder that low information voters think that both parties are the same? The MSM has spent decades bending over backwards showing how “impartial” they are by including false equivalencies in their daily news.

  • katanahamon

    Yep. Clinton’s evil, Obama’s evil..meanwhile, eight layers of hypocrisy protect all the right wingers cashing in illegally on the taxpayers’ dime. Or contributors. When are we going to prosecute Rump and his family? Wouldn’t a Democrat president be impeached a year ago by now if even a fourth of the allegations had been raised? This has gone beyond absurd..Rump is kissing Putin and Kim’s asses, fucking up our economy, poisoning relations with allies..are we saying we are just powerless to stop this?

  • Aynwrong

    I listened to someone on the Brian Lehrer show earlier today explain that he wanted to vote for Bernie but then voted for Trump because he thought Trump would “break the mold” and I sarcastically wondered if “break the mold” was along the lines of “shake things up” or “drain the swamp?”

    No thought was given to who would be placed on the Supreme Court and one would assume that would be of paramount concern to a Sanders supporter given their expressed opposition to Citizens United and of course voting rights for minorities wasn’t even on his radar.

    God damned Twit.

    • I think the “break the mold” types meant anything from they were making a protest to they hope he destroys everything so badly that it will usher in a worker’s paradise. Regardless, I agree, they’re still twits.

      • Scopedog

        I would prefer the word “twats”.

        Or, “fucking morons”.

    • Badgerite

      “God damned Twit.” You’re being too kind.