Political Editors / Jun. 16, 2018

NY's Political Suit Against the Trump Foundation

The lawsuit alleges wrongdoing by Trump and his foundation. Anyone remember the Clintons?

As if by clockwork, just before the Justice Department inspector general’s long-awaited report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation was released, Democrat New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced a lawsuit against the Donald Trump Foundation. The lawsuit alleges that President Trump and three of his children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — engaged in “extensive political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for non-profit foundations.” Underwood added, “The Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his business to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality.”

Actually, that sounds an awful lot like the Clinton Foundation. More on that in a minute.

On a day when Trump touted the IG report as supporting his assertion of deep-state corruption within the DOJ and FBI, he was forced to pivot and address the lawsuit. Trump accused the plaintiffs of nothing more than a political stunt, saying, “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!” He then added, “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.”

Back to the Clintons. They might have been what Hillary insisted was “dead broke” when they left the White House, but they quickly parlayed their political fame into cash, charging prime rates for speaking engagements around the world. As Mark Alexander noted in 2016, “Once Hillary Clinton was tapped by Obama as secretary of state (to keep her out of the 2012 election), restricting her exorbitant pay-to-play speaking fees, she ramped up the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play schemes and CF became an official conduit for those seeking to influence politics and policy.”

In fact, Alexander added, “Indisputably, every dime of the billions of dollars "donated” to CF by Hillary’s wealthy Wall Street moguls and foreign government cutouts, some of whom she personally met with during her tenure as secretary, and the dollars coming [once she became] a presidential contender, includes a long quid pro quo list. And not a dime of that graft has been spent without calculating how it would advance the Clintons’ statist political and social agenda.“

In light of the long list of abuses of the Clinton Foundation, and the lack of any serious action against that criminal enterprise, the lawsuit against Trump’s foundation is clearly nothing more than leftist resistance to the president. It’s a legal annoyance, albeit more fodder for the Leftmedia to churn.

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