Trump forced to pay Sh200 million over misuse of charity funds

The lawsuit accused Trump — along with his children Donald Jr. Ivanka and Eric — of using the Trump Foundation to boost his presidential campaign and as a virtual piggy bank to benefit his other businesses

Trump has paid $ 2 million to pay a court-imposed fine for abusing the Trump Foundation to further his business interests and the 2016 presidential election, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday. My office will continue to fight for accountability because no one is above the law, not a businessman, not a candidate for a position, not even The president of the United States.

The $2 million will be distributed amongst eight different charities: Army Emergency Relief, the Children's Aid Society, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha's Table, the United Negro College Fund, the United Way of National Capital Area, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The combined $1,809,123.30 was split evenly and recently transferred to the eight agreed upon charities. Each received $476,140, James said.

President Donald Trump pays after he acknowledges that he temporarily used his charitable foundation as a personal piggy bank. Finally, the settlement required the Trump Foundation to shutter its doors last December and dissolve under court supervision. They did not answer a reporter's query about whether Trump meant to count the court-ordered $2 million payment on his taxes as a charitable deduction.

The Trump Foundation, the charitable organization started by Trump in 1987, agreed to disband in 2018 and give away its assets after a probe by then-acting NY attorney general Barbara Underwood revealed a "shocking pattern of illegality" that included "unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more".

A June 2018 lawsuit accused the directors of the foundation, which include Trump's children, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, of ignoring their supervisory duties, while Trump used the foundation to support his campaign.

Trump has sent the money in recent weeks, but this development did not become public until the sides formally agreed to close the case on Tuesday. He long-established the charity's cash to purchase work of himself and sports memorabilia, and to pay $258,000 in moral settlements for his for-profit clubs. As Law&Crime previously reported, James filed a recommendation in March that Trump personally pay $8.4 million in penalties and fines due to his family's frequently improper use of the Trump Foundation.

Trump was furious after the ruling and claimed that "every penny" went to charity.

Last month, Trump said James had deliberately mischaracterized the settlement for political purposes.

The suit also said that in early 2016 while Trump was running for president, he organised what was billed as a Trump Foundation fundraiser but was actually a campaign event. They called him "4 years of politically motivated harassment" and said they should have spent their time investigating the Clinton Foundation.



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