On Thursday, Supreme Court of New York Justice Saliann Scarpulla ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages to be paid to court approved charities bringing to close a year-long civil case brought by New York State.
As the News Blender reported in summer of 2018, Attorney General of New York Barbara Underwood filed a suit against the President and his three adult children, after a two-year investigation, revealed the Trump Foundation violated New York State non-profit laws.
In December a court ordered the Foundation dissolved under judicial supervision. The News Blender reported at the time that Underwood had said she found a shocking pattern of illegality, including unlawful coordination with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, likening the Foundation to nothing more than a checkbook to serve President Trump’s business and political interests.
A shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation – including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more. This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.Underwood via the News Blender.
In her order, Justice Scarpulla explained she found that $2.8 million was used for President Trump’s 2016 political campaign, violating state law. She took into consideration that the funds eventually reached the charitable organizations they had been intended for, and awarded $2 million in damages rather than the sought after 2.8 million by the State Attorney General.
I find that the $2,823,000 raised at the Fundraiser was used for Mr. Trump’s political campaign and disbursed by Mr. Trump’s campaign staff, rather than by the Foundation, in violation of N-PCL §§ 717 and 720 and EPTL §§ 8-1.4 and 81.8. However, taking into consideration that the Funds did ultimately reach their intended destinations, i.e., charitable organizations supporting veterans, I award damages on the breach of fiduciary duty/waste claim against Mr. Trump in the amount of $2,000,000, without interest, rather than the entire $2,823,000 sought by the Attorney General.Scarpulla Order.
In the summer of 2018 the President weighed-in on the now settled case via Twitter.
The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case!…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2018
….Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in New York, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for almost 2 years. Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2018