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