Last month, Donald Trump was dealt a significant blow when New York Supreme Court Judge Saliann Scarpulla ordered he pay two million dollars to settle a claim he used his theoretically eleemosynary Donald J. Trump Foundation as a savings account for personal and political interests–including his own run for the White House.
This comes nearly a year after the foundation agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision and relinquish any remaining money to approved charities like the United Way, the United Negro College Fund, and the Holocaust Museum.
“[Years] of illegal conduct by the Foundation and its board members includes improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement even elementary corporate formalities required by law.”
Underwood deferred criminal findings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). She also requested a state judge dissolve the Trump Foundation and ban the president, his sons, and Ivanka from holding further leadership positions in New York charities.
According to the Attorney General’s office, they have completed that training.
In January 2016, Trump reveled in the controversy he created over a feud with Fox News that motivated him to skip a planned Iowa debate and alternatively hold a charity for veterans.
That event raised $2.8 million dollars, yet documents filed with the Trump Foundation lawsuit prove no veterans ever received a penny of it.
It went instead toward the Trump campaign.
Then–Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski stated in an email to a then-Trump Organization executive:
“Is there any way we can make some disbursements this week while in Iowa?”
But the penalty does not conclude with Trump forking over two million dollars.
He must also reimburse the foundation $11,525 for charity auction items–“sports paraphernalia”–like a signed Tim Tebow football helmet, and champagne.
Naturally, Trump screamed the whole thing is just another political conspiracy to besmirch his impeccable reputation.
STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP pic.twitter.com/EktztHfLk6
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2019
The “leaving” Trump refers to pertains to “declaration of domicile” papers he signed last month, changing his primary residence from 721 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted in response:
“The fight will continue, and I think it is a desperate legal move where he’s now going to argue, ‘Well the state should have no right to my taxes because I moved out; I’m a Florida resident.’ That’s besides the point. When you filed your taxes, you were a New York resident. If you defrauded the state, you defrauded it when you are a New York state resident.”
Once a grifter, always a grifter.
Before being foisted onto 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue courtesy of the anachronistic Electoral College, Donald Trump was nothing more than a small-time Manhattan hustler.
He declared bankruptcy six times and saw scores of business ventures fail.
No American bank would lend to him because of his deadbeat reputation.
Most of the country had no idea about any of this, nor did it really affect most Manhattanites, who are aware this is just how Trump operates.
But by running for president, he overextended.
Now the United States is his to plunder and pillage.
He did warn us, after all, he would run the country like his business.
And we still elected him.
But his honeymoon is quickly ending.
Today the House is voting to impeach him.
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