Judge Orders Trump Foundation to Pay $2 Million for Misuse
Trump also agreed to pay back $11,525 that was spent on champagne and sports memorabilia at a charity gala.
New York Judge Saliann Scarpulla ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to various charities Thursday for misusing his own charity organization, according to court documents.
Scarpulla accused the president of breaching his obligation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation nonprofit by allowing his campaign staff to plan a fundraiser for veterans ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucuses, thus giving his actions political motive, The Associated Press reported citing the judge’s declaration.
The declaration also says Trump failed to properly “administer Foundation assets” and made “wrongful related party transactions.”
A judge orders President Trump to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging he misused his charitable foundation to further his political and business interests. The judge also agreed on a deal to close the Trump Foundation, distribute remaining funds. https://t.co/WkXcGzRYHf
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 7, 2019
Scarpulla said Trump’s lawyers initially attempted to dismiss his petition but later “set out to consensually resolve this proceeding” at his “urging” over “several months,” the declaration reads.
Trump’s lawyers agreed to distribute $1.8 million in remaining assets from the Trump Foundation, as well as $2 million from Trump personally, to eight different charities, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The charities include the Army Emergency Relief, Children’s Aid Society, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, United Negro College Fund, United Way of National Capital Area and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, WSJ reported.
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