by Nathan Walker @nwalker85
US President Donald Trump took to twitter today, slamming the “sleazy New York Democrats” move to sue the Trump Foundation.
The New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its directors, accusing the charity of unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The lawsuit, which charges the president by name as well as his children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, alleges “improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement even elementary corporate formalities required by law.”
The suit by Underwood is seeking to dissolve the Trump Foundation as well as fine them, and bar any of its board members from serving on any New York nonprofit.
The suit has roots in a Forbes report from June 29, 2017 accused the Trump Foundation and other Trump family entities of defying federal tax rules and state laws that ban self-dealing and misleading donors. This prompted former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to “look into allegations of self-dealing”.
“I can confirm that our office is looking into issues at the Eric Trump Foundation raised by the Forbes report,” said Eric Soufer, the attorney general’s director of communications.
But Schneiderman resigned in May of this year amid sexual assault claims. According to the New York Times, two of the women who spoke to the magazine, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, said they had been choked and hit repeatedly by Mr. Schneiderman. All the women in the article, who had been romantically involved with Mr. Schneiderman, said the violence was not consensual.
Following Schneiderman’s resignation, Underwood became Acting Attorney General, and then the State Legislature picked Underwood as the replacement to fill the remainder of Schneiderman’s term on May 22, 2018. Underwood was appointed to her original position in the DOJ by Bill Clinton’s Attorney General Janet Renu. Drain the swamp, indeed.
Trump slammed Schneiderman on twitter today as well, claiming he “never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for almost 2 years”.
The ironic thing about the Democrats accusing the Trump Foundation of any kind of wrongdoing is the fact that they had actively colluded with the Clinton Foundation, in direct violation of FEC campaign finance laws.
In 2016, Clinton’s campaign created a Hillary Victory Fund — a joint fundraising committee — that allowed the candidate to raise money for both her campaign and 32 state parties at the same time. The DNC then contributed significant sums to this fund, whose money had been “earmarked” to elect Clinton. In McCutcheon v. FEC, 134 S. Ct. 1434, 1455 (2014), the Supreme Court itself recognized this precise arrangement would flatly violate federal earmarking restrictions.
It appears to this writer that the Democrats are attempting to discredit US President Trump of the very thing that they are accused of. It’s been said that the cleverest trick used in propaganda is to accuse you of what your enemies themselves are doing.