New York governor opens door to criminal case against Trump Foundation

Sep 2012
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It's really sad that this has taken so long...should have happened before the election.

New York governor opens door to criminal case against Trump Foundation
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday opened the door to a possible criminal case against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, but the state attorney general's office said it had not determined that a criminal referral was warranted.

"At Governor Cuomo's direction, the state stands ready to provide the (New York) Attorney General with the appropriate criminal referral on this matter if and when she asks for it," Alphonso David, the governor's counsel, said in a statement.

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New York launches tax probe of Trump Foundation
New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation to determine whether President Donald Trump or his charity violated state law.
The probe into whether the Republican president or his foundation committed any violations or made misrepresentations to the state with respect to tax liability began about a month ago. It was confirmed Thursday to The Associated Press by an official with knowledge of the case. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about active investigations and spoke of condition of anonymity.

If evidence of alleged crimes is found, the matter could be referred to prosecutors, who could pursue criminal charges and seek the release of Trump's tax returns.

"For the Trump Foundation, the law is the law. It doesn't matter who you are, the law is the law," Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday in response to questions about the probe.


The investigation, first reported by The New York Times, follows Democratic state Attorney General Barbara Underwood's lawsuit alleging Trump illegally tapped his Trump Foundation to settle legal disputes, help his campaign for president and pay for personal and business expenses, which included spending $10,000 on a six-foot portrait of himself.

The attorney general's office is seeking $2.8 million in restitution and other unspecified penalties in its civil suit. It said that it had referred to its findings to the IRS and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action.

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It's really sad that this has taken so long...should have happened before the election.

New York governor opens door to criminal case against Trump Foundation


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New York launches tax probe of Trump Foundation
One of the most disgusting things about the 2016 campaign was the way the mainstream media spent huge amounts of time speculating that maybe the Clintons were doing something fishy with their foundation.... based on nothing at all. The Clinton Foundation was set up to be largely independent from the Clintons, such that it would be impossible for them to use it for nefarious purposes -- even if they could somehow find a way to direct it in that direction, too many independent, high-level people were in a position to blow the whistle. The Clinton family made up only a minority of board members, with the rest drawn from top people in business, non-profits, politics, and the law. And the Clinton family filled none of the positions that actually ran the Clinton Foundation. They were basically just glorified fund-raisers for the charity. Plus, it was independently audited by one of the world's foremost accounting firms. Yet, still, the mainstream media took their cues from the right-wing media and blindly speculated that something, somehow, must be wrong with the Clintons' handling of the Foundation.

Meanwhile, very little attention was given to the Trump Foundation, despite it clearly being a criminal enterprise. It was set up exactly the way you'd set up a fake charity you wanted to use as a family slush fund: all the board members were immediate family, and nobody was in a significant operational position other than immediate family members and employees of the Trump Organization. And we have lots of examples of it being used as a slush fund: buying things for Trump and his properties with charitable donations, illegally funding the campaign of a Florida law enforcement official to keep her from looking too hard at Trump operations, etc. They even seem to have funneled Trump's son's Boy Scout dues through the 'charity.' Hell, they didn't even have the legally required registrations and auditing.

That's the 2016 campaign in microcosm: the media all but ignoring clear and repeated criminality by Trump, in favor of blindly speculating that maybe the Clintons might have done something wrong.

It's long overdue to take a hard look into the Trump foundation. And while they're at it, they should take a broader look at the family foundations of other wealthy families. Trump may be more immoral than the average ultra-rich person, but I suspect a hard look at most old-money families would reveal they play all sorts of games with their "charities" to dodge taxes while self-dealing. And I suspect the same is true for most big family businesses: look hard enough and you'll find them routinely treating as business expenses things that are personal expenses, just so they can write them off.
 
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