“A bombshell civil lawsuit filed Thursday — President Trump’s 72nd birthday — accuses the commander-in-chief and his three oldest children of operating a bogus namesake charity ‘in persistent violation’ of federal and state laws for more than a decade,” the NY Daily News reports.
“The misdeeds included $2.8 million spent to promote Trump’s presidential campaign, along with supposed charitable funds used instead to ‘pay off the legal obligations of entities (Trump) controlled, to promote Trump hotels, (and) to purchase personal items,’ the lawsuit charged.”
“’As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,’ [Attorney General Barbara] Underwood said.
“The court filing specifically accused Trump, along with daughter Ivanka and sons Donald Jr. and Eric, of ‘improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations.’”
“Underwood also notified the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission about possible federal law-breaking by the Trumps that falls into their bailiwick.”