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Trump ordered to pay US$2 million for misusing charity money on politics

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US President
Donald Trump was ordered by a New York judge on Thursday to pay US$2 million
for misusing his namesake charitable foundation, resulting in funds being used
to advance his 2016 presidential campaign.

Justice
Saliann Scarpulla, of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan, directed the payment
to eight non-profit groups, in connection with a lawsuit by the state’s
attorney general against the president and three of his adult children over the
now-dissolved Donald J. Trump Foundation.

The White
House was not immediately available for comment. A lawyer for the Trumps did
not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The attorney
general, Letitia James, said her office has also reached agreements with the
foundation and its directors to end the June 2018 lawsuit, which was filed by
her predecessor, Barbara Underwood.

James said
Trump admitted to “personally misusing funds at the Trump Foundation”, which
agreed last December to dissolve, and accepted limits on his activities if he
created a new charity. James also said Trump’s children Donald Jr, Eric and
Ivanka agreed to “mandatory training” on the duties of charity officials.

“The court’s
decision, together with the settlements we negotiated, are a major victory in
our efforts to protect charitable assets and hold accountable those who would
abuse charities for personal gain,” James said in a statement.

Underwood
had filed suit after a 21-month probe that she said uncovered “extensive
unlawful political coordination” between the Trump Foundation and Trump’s
campaign.

The lawsuit
sought to recoup US$2.82 million donated to the foundation in a 2016 Iowa fundraiser
for military veterans, but which Underwood said Trump allowed his campaign to
control.

Scarpulla
agreed with the attorney general’s office that Trump had breached his fiduciary
duty to the foundation.

“Mr Trump’s
fiduciary duty breaches included allowing his campaign to orchestrate the
fundraiser, allowing his campaign, instead of the Foundation, to direct
distribution of the funds, and using the fundraiser and distribution of the
funds to further Mr Trump’s political campaign,” she wrote.

The judge
said that because the money ultimately went to support veterans, Trump should
pay just US$2 million, without interest, rather than the entire US$2.82
million. She rejected James’ request for punitive damages, citing Trump’s
agreement to take steps to avoid a recurrence.

The US$2 million is expected to go to Army Emergency Relief, the Children’s Aid Society, City Meals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, the United Negro College Fund, the United Way of the National Capital Area and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

source: Reuters

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