New York's attorney general on Thursday sued U.S. President Donald Trump and his namesake foundation, saying the nonprofit should be dissolved after more than a decade of illegal conduct, including support for Trump's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
Nevertheless, as NY attorney general Ms Underwood has significant investigatory and prosecutorial power - and if she starts flushing the bushes of some of Mr Trump's more questionable charitable activities, there's no telling what she might turn up. In recent days, Trump has issued pardons for federal crimes and is reportedly considering other pardons.
Prosecutors also want to bar Trump's three eldest children from the boards of nonprofits based in NY or that operate in NY for one year.
The president quickly took to Twitter to respond to the accusations, hitting out at "The sleazy New York Democrats" and vowing not to settle the case. I won't settle this case!,' he wrote. The attorney general's office seeks to dissolve the foundation and asks for $2.8 million in restitution. Decisions were made without "adequate consideration" and assets were misused to pay off legal obligations, promote Trump hotels, buy personal items and support Trump's campaign, according to the suit.
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The lawsuit seeks to ban the president from serving as the director of any NY non-profit for 10 years, and seeks similar one year bans for each of his children, who serve on the foundation's board. Underwood said she has sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission for further investigation.
US President Donald Trump is joined by US First Lady Melania Trump (2nd R front), his daughter Ivanka Trump (2nd L front) and her husband Jared Kushner (L front) during the presidential inaugural parade on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. She's also seeking a one-year ban for each of his three children that serve as board members.
The purchase of the painting was an example of one of "at least five self-dealing transactions", the statement said, which violate tax regulations on non-profit charities.