Motion Denied. Trump Foundation Lawsuit Continues
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s lawsuit against President Trump’s foundation continues.
President Trump’s legal team made the argument that a sitting President cannot be sued, but Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the New York State Supreme Court disagreed, including rejecting the notion that the Attorney General was biased against the President, saying there was “no basis for finding that animus and bias were the sole motivating factors for initiating the investigation and pursuing this proceeding.”
Judge Scarpulla based her decision on the President Clinton lawsuit, stating “allowing this action to proceed is entirely consistent with the Supreme Court’s holding in Clinton v. Jones that the President of the United States is ‘subject to the laws for his purely private acts.'”
The lawsuit alleges that President Donald Trump, Eric, Ivanka, and Don, Jr. who were on the charity’s board, repeatedly used charitable donations to advance Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, promote Trump hotels, purchase personal items, and pay off other financial obligations which included legal bills.
The Attorney General is looking to dissolve the foundation and bar Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump from serving on other charity boards in the future, plus three million in restitution plus fines. The Trump Foundation has announced that it will dissolve on its own.
“The Trump Foundation functioned as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests. There are rules that govern private foundations, and we intend to enforce them — no matter who runs the foundation.” Attorney General Underwood.
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