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... The Trump Foundation was one big scam, What a shock. ...

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The New York attorney general filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging persistently illegal conduct at the president's personal charity, saying Trump repeatedly misused the nonprofit organization to pay off his businesses creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.

Underwood said that oversight of spending at Trump's foundation was so loose that its board of directors hadn't met in 19 years, and its official treasurer wasn't even aware that he was on the board.

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he foundation came to serve the spending needs of Trump and then, in 2016, the needs of his presidential campaign. She cited emails from Trump campaign staff members, directing which charities should receive gifts from the Trump Foundation, and in what amounts.
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Fahrenthold and other reporters have previously uncovered some of the facts that figure in the lawsuit, but there's damning new information, too, related specifically to an event to raise money for veterans that Trump held before the Iowa caucuses. According to the suit, the foundation brought in $2.8 million at that event, then essentially turned it over to the campaign .

There are two levels of context one needs to understand this lawsuit. The first level is that much of what we've learned about the Trump Foundation suggests that it was basically a scam, a way for Trump to make shady contributions, pay his debts with other people's money and do things such as buy a gigantic painting of himself.


You might say the same about Trump's entire business career. As I've argued before, Trump wasn't just a guy who skated close to the line a time or two or broke a few rules. In fact, when you add up the questionable bankruptcies the cons such as Trump University; the pyramid schemes, the contacts with mobsters, the Trump projects that have collapsed amid charges of double-dealing; the unusual interest in Russian oligarchs have in using Trump properties as a vehicle for money laundering, and more, Donald Trump could well be the most corrupt major business figure in America. So why would anyone expect his foundation to be an above-board charity that does good work and would never run afoul of the law?


So while the Trump Foundation may not send the president to the slammer, this lawsuit will likely end up telling us a lot about who he is and how he operates. Trump is waiting to see how much money the www.gofundme.com/thetrumpwal gets from it's supporters, most of whom are unaware of Trumps real plans for that money.
 
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