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Monday, December 09, 2019

Trump Must Pay $2 Million To Settle Foundation Lawsuit

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump must pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit against his bogus charity, a New York judge ordered on Thursday.

The lawsuit was brought by the New York attorney general who said the Trump Foundation showed a “shocking pattern of illegality.” Trump and his defenders responded by saying the case was politically motivated, but the attorney general’s office marshaled substantial documentary evidence supporting the claims, now affirmed by a judge, that the president and his children who helped run the supposed charity engaged in wrongdoing. Separately, Washington Post reporter David Farenthold found substantial evidence that Trump had used the charity for his personal gain, rather than for charitable purposes.

“The Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization,” wrote former Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who first filed the suit. One person who improperly received funds from the foundation was Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who requested a political donation from Trump and then declined to bring a suit against his bogus Trump University, even as New York proceeded with such a case.

On Thursday, New York Supreme Court Justice Salliann Scarpulla also found that Trump had illegally used the charity to support his 2016 presidential campaign.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Wen Ho Lee

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Its author is Jeff Gerth, a reporter who worked at the Times for three decades. His former colleagues are said to be seething with fury at him. They have ample reason, not out of feelings of personal betrayal, but because Gerth has betrayed basic journalistic standards. Unfortunately, this is not the first time.

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