Jun 14, 2018

Go deeper: New York’s allegations in the new Trump foundation lawsuit

President Trump at the Heritage Foundation's President's Club Meeting. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The lawsuit brought against the Donald J. Trump Foundation — which President Trump says he won't settle — details instances of engaging illegally in political activity and self-dealing transactions.

The big picture: New York Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who inherited the investigation from former AG Eric Schneiderman, says Trump used "charitable assets to pay off the legal obligations of entities he controlled, to promote Trump hotels, to purchase personal items, and to support his presidential election campaign."

"Donald J. Trump Special Event for Veterans"
  • The lawsuit claims the Foundation illegally "[engaged] in political activity" during a fundraiser for veterans.
  • According to Underwood: "[T]he Fundraiser was a Trump Campaign event in which the Foundation participated."
"The 'And Justice for All' Transaction"
  • The lawsuit states that the Trump Foundation illegally contributed $25,000 to "And Justice for All," a political organization in Florida.
"Self-Dealing, Related Party Transactions"
  • September 11, 2007: $100,000 was given to the Fisher House Foundation "to settle legal claims made against Mar-a-Lago."
  • February 14, 2012: $158,000 was given to the Martin B. Greenberg Foundation "to settle legal claims against The Trump National Golf Club."
  • November 5, 2013: $5,000 payment was made to the D.C. Preservation League "for promotional space featuring Trump International Hotels in charity event programs."
  • March 20, 2014: $10,000 payment was made to the Unicorn Children's Foundation "for a painting of Mr. Trump purchased at an auction for that charity."
  • December 14, 2015: $32,000 was given to the North American Land Trust, "in connection by a pledge by Seven Springs, LLC to fund the management of a conservation easement."
Potential consequences

The lawsuit seeks...

  • $2.8 million in restitution, plus additional penalties.
  • To bar Trump from serving as "officer, director, trustee, or equivalent position" for 10 years.
  • To similarly bar Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr. from boards of New York nonprofits (or nonprofits that operate there) for a year.
  • Charge foundation directors with "several million dollars" in penalties.

Read the lawsuit in full

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.