Judge orders Trump to pay $2 million for misuse of foundation funds
“The lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation was filed in June 2018 — charging the Foundation’s directors with ignoring their oversight duties under New York’s charity laws and demonstrating how Mr. Trump repeatedly used Foundation money for his own personal, business, and political interests, including the unlawful coordination with his 2016 president,” James said in a statement.
Among other claims, the attorney general’s office said Mr. Trump and his campaign used $500,000 in foundation funds for a campaign rally. New York Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla said Mr. Trump “breached his fiduciary duty to the foundation and that waste occurred to the foundation.”
The foundation’s current assets, $1.78 million, and the $2 million in damages will be distributed to various nonprofit groups, including the Children’s Aid Society, the United Negro College Fund and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The court order comes after another big loss for Mr. Trump, after a federal appeals court in New York ruled Monday that the president’s tax returns can be turned over to state criminal investigators. The president’s lawyers want the case.