The New York Attorney General, Barbara Underwood, has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump and his three eldest children, Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric. The lawsuit accuses the family of using the Trump Foundation for “persistently illegal conduct,” including self-dealing, illegal political activity, and a failure to “follow basic fiduciary obligations.” Basically, most everything that The Washington Post’s David Farenthold accused Donald Trump and his family of doing with the Trump Foundation up to and after the campaign, including settling lawsuits with money from his charitable foundation, directing funds from his charitable foundation to political activities, and using money from his charitable foundation to purchase things for himself.
The lawsuit asks that Trump be forced to pay $2.8 million in restitution.
Underwood also asks that Trump be banned from leading any other New York nonprofit for 10 years — seeking to apply a penalty usually reserved for the operators of small-time charity frauds to the president of the United States.
The suit has also asked that Trump’s three children not be allowed to serve on the board of a nonprofit in New York for a year.
Trump has vowed not to settle the case (Trump always settles!):
“The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case! … Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in New York, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for almost 2 years. Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle.”
Unfortunately, the lawsuit does not entail prison time.