The New York Attorney General's office just brought a lawsuit against Donald Trump and his family, accusing the president's charity organization of engaging in "a pattern of illegal conduct".
Trump responded on Twitter, taking aim at former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after reports of domestic violence abuse, and his successors. Schneiderman's successor, Barbara Underwood, brought the case against Trump on Thursday. I won't settle this case!,' he wrote.
"The prior NYAG, who was recently forced to resign from office in disgrace, made it his stated mission to use this matter to not only advance his own political goals, but also for his own political fundraising", the spokesman added.
"The foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization", Underwood said in a 41-page complaint filed in NY state court in Manhattan.
Barbara Underwood said the charitable foundation had engaged in "unlawful political coordination" created to influence the 2016 election.
Also named in the suit were Mr Trump's children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr.
The foundation pressed the NY attorney general to withdraw the lawsuit so that it could dissolve and make remaining donations it proposed as a part of that plan.More news: Comcast Makes $65 Billion Dollar Offer to Buy Fox
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Trump has already paid more than $330,000 in reimbursements and penalty taxes, Underwood said in the suit.
"This is politics at its worst", the foundation said in a statement. The charity raised over $2.8 million in order to influence the campaign, and senior campaign staffers, including Corey Lewandowski illegally assumed control of those charitable funds, according to the suit.
The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the foundation, Ms Underwood said.
The Trump Foundation has been in legal limbo since after the election, when the president wanted to dissolve it amid growing controversy about its practices.
In the filing, Underwood said Trump repeatedly misused the nonprofit to pay off his creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at events during his 2016 campaign.
"The foundation is little more than an empty shell that functions with no oversight from its board of directors", the lawsuit alleges.