President Trump’s charitable foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, is being dissolved following a court decision allowing a lawsuit by the New York Attorney General’s Office to move forward. The AG accuses the Trump Foundation of a “shocking pattern of illegality” (to be clear: this is the Attorney General who came after the one who resigned due to allegations of sexual and physical abuse by four women, and before the one who just got elected and immediately announced plans to abuse her office by targeting Trump, his relatives and all his associates for investigations without evidence of wrongdoing. Clear?)
The AG’s lawsuit seeks $2.8 billion plus penalties from the Trump Foundation, which sounds a bit excessive, considering that Trump claims it took in only $18.8 million during its existence and gave $19.2 million to charity. The Washington Post claims that its biggest-ever donation was $264,231 to the Central Park Conservancy, but it gave $465,000 to the Navy SEAL Foundation and $350,000 to the Green Beret Foundation, so the numbers don’t seem to add up.
President Trump blamed the lawsuit on “sleazy New York Democrats” and said he will fight it and not settle.
Incidentally, part of the NYAG accusations include “unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign” and “repeated and willful self-dealing.” You know, if they’d like to investigate a charity foundation set up by a well-known political figure that really did take in billions of dollars, almost certainly was used to advance and fund the personal political ambitions of its founders, and that operated in the state of New York, I have a far better target to suggest. What, you say they’re not interested in that one? Color me shocked.