Donald Trump, Trump Foundation sued by NY over 'unlawful political coordination'

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Democratic Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the foundation and its directors, Trump and his children Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump.

Trump has already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes, Underwood said in the suit.

The suit calls for the foundation to be dissolved and for Trump to be banned from serving as a director of any NY nonprofit for 10 years, as well as restitution of $2.8 million.

The 41-page petition to New York's Supreme Court cites voluminous evidence, including photos and emails, in alleging that Trump used his foundation's charitable assets to pay legal fees, to promote his hotels and other businesses and to buy personal items. The foundation's board of directors had not met since 1999, the lawsuit said. At the time, a Bondi spokeswoman told the Orlando Sentinel that, "We are now reviewing the allegations in the NY complaint", but neither Bondi nor her office went further than that.

Also alleged in the lawsuit is that the foundation illegally gave money to the re-election campaign of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Trump responded to the lawsuit less than an hour after it was made public, blasting "sleazy New York Democrats and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman".

The lawsuit adds to legal problems affecting Trump, including a probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

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Trump presents a Trump Foundation check to an Iowa veterans group shortly before the caucus.

After the event, his foundation "ceded control over the charitable funds it raised to senior Trump campaign staff, who dictated the manner in which the foundation would disburse those proceeds, directing the timing, amounts and recipients of the grants", according to the complaint.

She wants all three punished by having them barred from serving as NY nonprofit directors for a year.

In the email, Lewandowski writes, "Is there any way we can make some disbursements this week while in Iowa?"

The attorney general said she also sent letters about possible breaches of federal law to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Internal Revenue Service. IRS and FEC representatives declined to comment.

Underwood's suit was filed the same day the Justice Department's inspector general was due to release a report on former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Instead, Donald Trump used it over and over again improperly for his own business and political ventures, says Underwood, adding that Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump didn't fulfill their roles as board members in stopping him.

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