Trump blasts New York foundation lawsuit

June 15, 2018

President Donald Trump has attacked New York's attorney general for suing his charitable foundation.

New York's attorney general is suing the Donald J. Trump Foundation, US President Donald Trump, and others, and is seeking to dissolve the foundation after what she called its "persistent illegal conduct" over more than a decade.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood says the foundation engaged in "extensive unlawful political co-ordination" with Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, conducted "repeated and wilful self-dealing" to benefit his personal and business interests, and violated "basic legal obligations" for non-profits.

The lawsuit was filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday.

Others named in the action are Trump's sons Donald Jr and Eric, and his daughter Ivanka.

"As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a chequebook for payments from Mr Trump or his businesses to non-profits, regardless of their purpose or legality," Underwood said in a statement.

"This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets."

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