New York attorney general says Trump caused his charity to break law

Yuri Gripas | Reuters

President Donald Trump delivers remarks before signing an executive order on strengthening retirement security in America at Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, NC,  August 31, 2018.

New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood in a new court filing Thursday said that President Donald Trump caused his charitable foundation to break state and federal laws governing non-profit groups.

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Underwood’s petition accuses the foundation of “extensive unlawful political coordination” with Trump’s presidential campaign.

The Democratic attorney general said Trump used the foundation’s name and funds it raised from the public to pay off his own legal debts, promote Trump hotels and other businesses, and to “purchase personal items.” Among those items is a potrait of Trump purchased for $10,000, which was displayed in one of the president’s hotels.

Her suit was followed a month later by a separate probe of the foundation opened by New York state tax officials.

Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump and the foundation, had no immediate comment on Underwood’s latest filing.

Futerfas previously has said the Trump Foundation followed the law, and said Underwood’s lawsuit was politically motivated.

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