We already knew this, of course. Much of the malfeasance surrounding the Trump Foundation came out during the campaign, thanks to The Post’s hardworking, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Fahrenthold. But back then, less scrupulous media outlets were busily piling synthetic dirt on Clinton’s email server molehill in a vain effort to make it match the elevation of the organic mountain of corruption and sleaze from the Trump campaign, so it didn’t get nearly enough play.
Maybe it will now that NY AG Barbara Underwood filed suit against the Trumps, seeking to shut down the foundation, disburse its assets to legitimate charities, force Trump to pay restitution and ban the Trumps from running other nonprofits in New York. Via Fahrenthold at The Post:
The New York attorney general on Thursday filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president’s personal charity, saying Trump repeatedly misused the nonprofit — to pay off his businesses’ creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.
In the suit, filed Thursday morning, attorney general Barbara Underwood asked a state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation. She asked that its remaining $1 million in assets be distributed to other charities and that Trump be forced to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and penalties.
“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,” Underwood said in the statement.
Looks like Uday, Qusay and Complicity are party to the suit because they served on the Trump Foundation board without providing the oversight that position requires. Underwood also notified the IRS and FEC, noting in a statement that Trump “willfully and knowingly” used the Trump Foundation to benefit his campaign.
Trump is already howling incoherently about it on Twitter and vowing that he won’t settle. Good. I hope he defies the odds and keeps his word on that; this moldy basket of laundry deserves a public airing.