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New York - NY Attorney General: Evidence Shows Trump Misused Charity

Published on: March 14, 2019 05:27 PM
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New York - Insider testimony, emails and other evidence show President Donald Trump turned his charitable foundation into a wing of his White House campaign, New York’s attorney general said in a new court filing Thursday.

State Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, detailed her case against the foundation in a 37-page court filing in a lawsuit that seeks $2.8 million in restitution and an order banning Trump and his three eldest children from running any New York charities for 10 years.

The filing was a response to an earlier court submission from the foundation’s lawyers, who have argued that the lawsuit against the charity is both flimsy and politically motivated.

The Trump Foundation reached a deal in December to fold and distribute about $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofits in a court-supervised process. Each charity will get the same amount, and the attorney general’s office has the right to reject the ones it deems unfit.

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That agreement, though, didn’t resolve the lawsuit, which says the foundation’s involvement in a Trump maneuver during the run-up to the Iowa caucuses in 2016 broke rules barring charities from getting involved in political campaigns.

At the time, Trump was feuding with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and refusing to participate in the network’s final Republican presidential primary debate before the caucuses.

Instead, he held a rally at the same time as the debate at which he called on people to donate to veterans charities. The foundation acted as a pass-through for people who heeded his call for donations.

James said the evidence of banned coordination between campaign officials and the foundation includes deposition testimony from Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg and emails he exchanged with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

In one email, a Trump company vice president asked Lewandowski for guidance on how to distribute the money that was raised.

“Do you have a list of which veterans charities you want these funds sent to and how much for each charity??” the vice president, Jeffrey McConney, wrote Lewandowski on Feb. 16, 2016, according to the filing. “Lastly, how much longer do you want to keep the TrumpforVets website up and running?”

Trump was also accused in the suit of directing that $100,000 in foundation money be used to settle legal claims over an 80-foot flagpole he had built at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, instead of paying the expense out of his own pocket.

A message seeking comment was left with a lawyer for the foundation. In the past, foundation lawyers have said any infractions were minor and that the lawsuit ignored the charity’s philanthropic work.

James, a Democrat newly elected to office, also issued subpoenas Monday to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

Trump decried that development as the work of “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS,” and said, “The Witch Hunt continues!”



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 Mar 14, 2019 at 06:05 PM The_Truth Says:

What about the Clinton Foundation - which itself is a joke, that was proven to have misused funds. Wheres the court filing there?

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 06:07 PM Stalinistesque tactics by leftist democrats Says:

She's a political partisan biased hack who promised to investigate any and all Trump associates and family to find crimes to prosecute.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 06:25 PM amerikaner Says:

how about NoBama misusing funds or giving the Iranian TERRORISTS BILLIONS OF US TAXPAYERS MONEY?

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 06:41 PM georgeg Says:

Do I understand this correctly: One alleged offense is that Trump, during a campaign, asked his followers to donate money to Veteran's charity, and that Trump used his own charitable organization to funnel that money to Veteran's charity.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 06:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Stalinistesque tactics by leftist democrats Says:

She's a political partisan biased hack who promised to investigate any and all Trump associates and family to find crimes to prosecute.

That exactly why we voted her in. "Find crimes to prosecute" Well said. No one is above the law.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 06:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
The_Truth Says:

What about the Clinton Foundation - which itself is a joke, that was proven to have misused funds. Wheres the court filing there?

"Clinton" was investigated for 15 years. Nothing, gurnisch, Nada. Obama? Not a single indictment of a close associate in 8 years. Now its Trump under the microscope. 37 Indicted. It will be fun to watch for the next few years. My guess 500+ will be indicted between all of his sticks. Most of the investigations just started 2 months ago when the dems got some power. 2 months. TWO MONTHS. The Republicans had over 10 years of Clinton and Obama.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 07:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Literally everything Trump touches becomes corrupted, even his fake non-profit. It explains his popularity with those who cheat.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 07:06 PM StevenWright Says:

Another Loretta Lynch wannabe. Both crooks.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 07:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
The_Truth Says:

What about the Clinton Foundation - which itself is a joke, that was proven to have misused funds. Wheres the court filing there?

Clinton got away with murder ...they aren't worried about a few dollars .

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 09:37 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

Fusion GPS anyone?

The Clinton Foundation anyone?

Vince Foster, Seth Rich anyone?

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 09:54 PM NJMoshe Says:

Reply to #7  
StevenWright Says:

Another Loretta Lynch wannabe. Both crooks.

Hmmmm. What do they have in common? Let me think a while. Oh yes, they are both African American women.Not likely to be the favorites of most of the members here.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 10:17 PM yamsar Says:

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amerikaner Says:

how about NoBama misusing funds or giving the Iranian TERRORISTS BILLIONS OF US TAXPAYERS MONEY?

How about stop slandering?! How about stop participating in the fake news you decry? When did Obama give Iran billions of taxpayers money? Get your facts straight.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 10:32 PM Rand Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

"Clinton" was investigated for 15 years. Nothing, gurnisch, Nada. Obama? Not a single indictment of a close associate in 8 years. Now its Trump under the microscope. 37 Indicted. It will be fun to watch for the next few years. My guess 500+ will be indicted between all of his sticks. Most of the investigations just started 2 months ago when the dems got some power. 2 months. TWO MONTHS. The Republicans had over 10 years of Clinton and Obama.

You’re a moron!

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 10:36 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #12  
Rand Says:

You’re a moron!

Got anything intelligent to respond?

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 10:38 PM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #3  
amerikaner Says:

how about NoBama misusing funds or giving the Iranian TERRORISTS BILLIONS OF US TAXPAYERS MONEY?

The money given to Iran was not taxpayer dollars, but rather the return of Iranian money we held for aircraft never delivered to Iran. I assume you got your "facts" from Faux News.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 10:42 PM Arielski Says:

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amerikaner Says:

how about NoBama misusing funds or giving the Iranian TERRORISTS BILLIONS OF US TAXPAYERS MONEY?

You are incorrect. The US held Iranian money because of sanctions. When the sanctions ended under Obama the money was returned to Iran.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 10:53 PM Educated Archy Says:

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yamsar Says:

Got anything intelligent to respond?

Hey mr facts straight guy. Why don't you tell everyone on vin how you lie daily,

Folks yamsar often uses a Screen name as Paulin Saudi. He claims it's an American Christian living in Saudi Arabia. His point is to fool people into thinking goyim post comments on vin.

He even goes to great lengths to post this guys comments in shabbos

Who here believes that an American Christian living in Saudi Arabia posts on vin.

Yamsar if there is any liar and yes moron it's you. Vin it's time to block yamsar , end tne lies and chillul shabbos. He is very dirty

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 11:00 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

"Clinton" was investigated for 15 years. Nothing, gurnisch, Nada. Obama? Not a single indictment of a close associate in 8 years. Now its Trump under the microscope. 37 Indicted. It will be fun to watch for the next few years. My guess 500+ will be indicted between all of his sticks. Most of the investigations just started 2 months ago when the dems got some power. 2 months. TWO MONTHS. The Republicans had over 10 years of Clinton and Obama.

One of this weeks charedi publications had a very interesting letter from s holocaust survivor who claimed that it was actually the liberal Jewish elitists who constantly besmirched and degraded the common folk who is instigated the masses to scream Germany needs to be Jew free. Hitler yms would have never had a following were it not for that masses being antiagonized by liberal Jewish elitists. It's worth noting that.

Who intagnized Pittsburgh? No not Trump you fool. It's the Jewish elitists that enraged this man

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 11:04 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

That exactly why we voted her in. "Find crimes to prosecute" Well said. No one is above the law.

Now imagine if she did this to poor blacks on drugs. Would you say we voted her in to target lie income communities that are ridden with crime? Would you say No one is above the law ?

I don't think so. You'd scream racial profiling and injustice. So why is trump profiling permitted.

Sure No one is above the law but to just dig and dig and dig to find every jay walker who once did business with trump is rotten to the core.

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 01:57 AM Mark Levin Says:

There's no such thing. This is a political hack job! The Democrats are still upset that the president, a novice to the political arena, beat their almighty lying cheating no-good piece of excrement debris Hillary Rotten Clinton! The fact that he beat her even with all her cheating, the cheating from the DNC, and the cheating from the Obama Administration, kills them even more.

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 Mar 14, 2019 at 11:05 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #10  
NJMoshe Says:

Hmmmm. What do they have in common? Let me think a while. Oh yes, they are both African American women.Not likely to be the favorites of most of the members here.

Yup just like trump supporters are not your favorite you hypocrite

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 Mar 15, 2019 at 03:23 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #16  
Educated Archy Says:

Hey mr facts straight guy. Why don't you tell everyone on vin how you lie daily,

Folks yamsar often uses a Screen name as Paulin Saudi. He claims it's an American Christian living in Saudi Arabia. His point is to fool people into thinking goyim post comments on vin.

He even goes to great lengths to post this guys comments in shabbos

Who here believes that an American Christian living in Saudi Arabia posts on vin.

Yamsar if there is any liar and yes moron it's you. Vin it's time to block yamsar , end tne lies and chillul shabbos. He is very dirty

Aha! So other than your typical and totally idiotic post, rooted in fantasy land, do you have anything else to say? Obama gave billions of taxpayer dollars to Iran?

Do tshuvah you mechalel Shem shamayin b’rabim rasha.

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