Another Nail in Trump’s Coffin?

There is a saying that “charity begins at home”.  It would seem that the Trump family has taken that saying to heart and made their ‘non-profit’ charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, their own.  However, it may not work out so well for them …

“The New York attorney general filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president’s personal charity, saying Trump repeatedly misused the nonprofit organization — to pay off his businesses’ creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.

In the suit, filed Thursday morning, Attorney General Barbara Underwood asked a state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation. She asked that its remaining $1 million in assets be distributed to other charities and that Trump be forced to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and penalties.” – David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post, 14 June 2018

Trump foundation lawsuitThe foundation has been a source of controversy for some time, and was fined $2,500 by the IRS in 2016 for making political contributions to Florida then-Attorney General Pam Bondi.  Also in 2016, the foundation admitted to the Internal Revenue Service that it violated a legal prohibition against “self-dealing,” which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity’s money to help themselves, their businesses or their families.  In at least two instances, foundation funds were used to settle lawsuits against Trump’s for-profit businesses, including Mar-a-Lago and Trump National Golf Club.

You may also remember that in early 2016, at a campaign fund-raiser prior to the Iowa caucus, Trump claimed to have raised some $5.6 million for veterans, but two months later, little of that money had been distributed.  Only after criticism by the media was the money distributed and a list of recipients provided.

Trump himself did not donate a single penny to the foundation between 2008 and 2015.  One of the largest donors was Linda McMahon and her husband, Vince.  Linda was later named head of the Small Business Administration.  Can you spell p-l-u-t-o-c-r-a-c-y?

The New York Attorney General’s office has been investigating the foundation for some 20 months, ever since an investigative report by The Washington Post in October 2016.   In addition to numerous incidents of improper disbursements from the foundation’s coffers, it appears that on more than one occasion, the foundation was used to funnel profits from Trump’s businesses in order to avoid taxes.

The foundation is such a sham that its board of directors has not met since 1999, nearly 20 years, and its official treasurer was not even aware that he was on the board!  The foundation has no employees.

In addition to the restitution and damages of $2.8 million that Trump and his children will be forced to pay if the lawsuit is successful, the suit requests that Trump be barred from participating in any charitable organization in New York for a period of ten years, and Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric for a period of one year each. Letters were also sent to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Elections Commission (FEC) for possible further action.

Trump, of course, is looking to deflect the blame:

“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!”

“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.”

A.G. Underwood’s response was a written statement:

“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality.”

Contrary to Trump’s rant, there appears to be very solid evidence that the foundation has served as little more than Trump’s personal checkbook, as a way to filter money in order to avoid paying taxes.  The foundation has been in existence since 1987 and will be dissolved once this lawsuit is decided.  Perhaps the best thing here is that the lawsuit is filed in the State of New York, not in federal courts, so it will not be possible for Trump to pardon himself!  Perhaps finally there will be a price to pay for all his years of dishonesty?  We can only hope.

48 thoughts on “Another Nail in Trump’s Coffin?

  1. Before the inauguration, I heard the legal pundits discuss whether the POTUS can be summoned to court on other previous matters and lawsuits. The clear response was yes. Michael avennetti intends to open “discovery” process in Stormy’s lawsuit, which would require Trump to testify.
    But if Trump defies the law, which he claims is his privilege, he’ll defy, delay etc, and use this case as a distraction. And the Republicans will go along with him.
    It ain’t gonna be easy.

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    • I think it’s a fine line, but my understanding is that he can be charged, tried and convicted only once he is out of office. However, evidence can be used to get him out of office (impeachment of 25th amendment). Like every other legal matter, i is, I think, subject to interpretation. He can, however, be compelled to testify in the Stormy Daniels case, and I do not see how he can be innocent of any wrongdoing when it is obvious he knew he had paid for her silence.
      No, nothing is easy where Trump is concerned, and what frustrates me most, I think, is that in the eyes of his followers, he can do no wrong. They overlook things in him that would horrify them if anybody else did it. WHY??? They say it is his “charisma”, but I don’t find him to have any charisma. I find him more disgusting than what my cats leave in their litter boxes!!! 💩

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    • It appears they have all their ducks lined up, and the evidence is overwhelming, some of which the foundation, ie Trump, has already admitted to. But don’t hold your breath. And even if convicted, he only stands to be fined, not imprisoned, and we both know it won’t matter a whit to his supporters. Sigh.

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    • Agreed! So far he has seemed to be Teflon-coated, invincible. But I don’t honestly see how he can wiggle out of this one. But then … it IS Trump, so I make no bets. Garlic in the pockets … yeah, maybe not a bad idea!

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  2. IMO Charities are a scam … They are used by the wealthy, to provide tax breaks and free travel. Just think if charities promoting cancer cure, were actually to find the cure? Then a lot of people would be out of work and the millions flowing into their accounts would dry up, etc. That President Trump would use his own seems fairly normal for these types. Cheers Jamie

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    • Sadly, there are an awful lot of charities that are indeed a scam. However, I would stop short of the generalization that all of them are, for there truly are some good charities out there that help feed the poor, shelter the homeless, etc. One just has to do the research to find out where the money comes from, where it goes, and what percentage is used to cover operating costs. I support a few that I know do good work, and while I haven’t much to give, I at least try to do something. I would bet I have actually given more to homeless shelters, both money and time, than Trump has given in his lifetime. Cheers, my friend!

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    • Let us hope that he doesn’t use his big, sharp scissors to cut an escape hole in the net! I want to believe that the law will finally win a round, but … experience has taught me to speak softly and assume nothing. Sigh.

      How’re you doing, my friend? Missed seeing you around these parts lately and figured you were busy as a beaver with your book. Hugs!!!

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      • New York State is doing its bit. Fingers crossed. 🙂
        I’ve had teeth woes, tech woes, a mouse in the pantry and a massive disinfection campaign after the mouse was evicted. Plus work, plus not sleeping well, plus a deadline with my print books. Has not been a great week. I can hardly wait to retire in July. Seriously. lol

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        • Oh my!!! Your troubles make mine seem piddling in comparison! I hope at least the teeth woes are fixed, for I KNOW that was no fun! As re the mouse in the pantry … that one just made me laugh. You need a cat! I have a few extras, if you’re interested 😀 I hope next week will be much, much better for you. How ’bout a BIG HUG to give you … cracked ribs? ❤

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          • lmao – I have cats! In fact one of /them/ brought the damn mouse in and released it in the house…for a gift. -rolls eyes-
            The teeth seem to be an ongoing saga of misery. I’ve been on 2 antibiotics for almost 2 weeks to clear up an abscess. I need to get the tooth below it removed but it can’t be done until the abscess is fixed.
            Um, could I possibly have a cookie instead of the hug? I don’t think I could cope with cracked ribs just now. :p

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            • Ha ha ha ha … that reminds me of a story! When I was in grad school, my 3 kids and I were living in a trailer on campus. There was no air-conditioning, and so when it was hot, I just opened both doors and it let a nice cross-breeze in. We had 2 cats. One day I was sitting on the couch, listening to classical music and studying for an exam, when out of the corner of my eye, I saw the cat come in, but thought nothing of it, immersed as I was in my studies. Suddenly something went PLOP on the open pages of the book in my lap, and it was a dead bird that El Gato had brought me as a gift! I let out a scream, threw the book, complete with dead bird, across the room, and the poor cat ran under the bed. His feelings remained hurt for days because it was, after all, a gift that he expected to be treasured!

              I do hope your teeth get better soon! I know that is miserable! I broke a tooth not long ago and have yet to get it repaired, but there is no pain because it had no nerve or root, so other than occasionally puncturing my tongue, I forget about it.

              Okay, okay … just a gentle hug then, and a cookie too! 🦙

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              • Thanks for the hug and here’s the cookie, just don’t tell you-know-who. 😀

                I’ve never had such an in-your-face gift from my guys, thank god, but I have had a live baby bunny let loose in the house. I managed to catch it, eventually, and save it, but then I had to wash all the floors…sometimes I wonder why I like cats so much. :/

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                • No worries … I shan’t breathe a word to the ol’ curmudgeon!

                  I ask myself that daily! At least once a day I threaten to either take them all to the Humane Society, else trade them for one good dog! 😀 But alas, we do love our Significant Seven and I wouldn’t trade a single one for a million dollars! 😸😸😸😸😸😸😸

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  3. Jill, what makes this story compelling is Donald Trump is guilty as charged and has made restorations of some of the money he took out for business purposes.

    To me the worst example is paying $25,000 to the campaign of the Florida AG around the same time she dropped Florida’s inclusion in the lawsuit against Trump University. By the way, this donation was masked in the reporting, another no-no.

    David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post broke this story before the election. It should have gotten more coverage than it did. Trump used money for business fines, paintings, charity events where he paid his company, and even under the direction of the campaign on where to donate money.

    Again, he said it was political, but he admitted in the past to some things and had to reimburse the Foundation. Keith

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    • From all I can find, he has thus far had to reimburse some $330k … not a lot to him, maybe, but to me and you, that’s a heck of a lot of money! That, in itself, is damning evidence. I do remember Fahrenthold’s original piece in 2016, but everybody was on a different bandwagon and you’re right, it didn’t get enough attention. And there was also Eric Trump’s non-profit that was doing some shady dealings during the campaign. I hope the courts throw the book at them, for they seem to believe … honestly believe … that they are above the laws that the rest of us must live by.

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  4. The Donation Thief has finally been caught, but will probably wriggle out of trouble like the worm he is. I don’t know how he will do it, but hopefully the judge and jury (if there is one) will be carefully watched for monetary or other inappropriate gains. Like Manafor, the Distribution Tenderer will use his money and power any way he can.
    The good thing is, he won’t have Wingman Cohen to help him get away with it.

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    • Well … sigh … I cannot see how he can wiggle out of this one … sigh … BUT we both know that he is teflon-coated and will likely find a way. And even if he doesn’t, his supporters won’t mind. After all, they didn’t mind him being a sexual abuser, they didn’t mind him being vulgar, obscene and crass, they don’t even mind that he lied, cheated and stole. So what’s a little tax evasion and pilfering, eh? One good thing is if he has Giuliani for his attorney, he’s likely to have to pay the $2.8 million! 😀

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      • True, but what I am going to enjoy most, if we ever get to hear about it, is win or lose this case, the IRS will have to be on his tail for tax evasion. And no matter who at the IRS he tries to fire, the law is the law, and he broke it, intentionally.

        Dumpy Trumpy hid all his loot
        But the IRS found out the truth
        Now all his lawyers and all his pets
        Can’t save poor Trumpy from paying his debts!

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        • I had no idea your talents included poetry!!! Rhyming, even!!! Yes, I hope it is publicized far and wide when he gets what he deserves … well, a small part of what he deserves, anyway. It may end up getting swept under the carpet.

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          • I have many talents, but very few of them ever get air time. If you ever decide to check out my prose on my old website, and happen to click on other pages, you will find a poem on every main page, and some of the “deeper pages too, lol.”

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            • I actually have the link to your site on a postie on my screen! I just haven’t gotten there yet, for I am still struggling just to maintain this blog with 2 posts a day and try to keep air flowing into the lungs! Some day I will surely get my energy back and get caught up on emails, projects, and visiting sites just because I want to! I am intrigued by your “many un-aired talents” and by the lure of your poetry! I’m picturing lewd limericks 😉

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              • Yeah, I’ve actually sent you one previously, which you seemed to enjoy. Can’t remember how long ago it was, was 2017 I think.
                But really, most of my poetry is about life and how I had to live it. Or how I envision it could be. Think John Lennon, Imagine, for some of it.

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                • While I love so many songs that I am never able to pick a single favourite, Imagine is among my top ten favourites,and I have included it on my blog a few times. It always makes me cry, though.

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                  • John didn’t want you to cry, Jill. He wanted you to feel empowered. Else why would he invite to imagine with him.
                    Not that this matters to anyone but me, George was always my favourite Beatle and I wallowed in the fact many thought I was his twin (though I could not see it.) Even when the Beatles parted ways, it was George who I wanted most to have a successful career, and his album “All Things Must Pass” was played daily in my living space for years. But it was John who surprised me most. Away from the Beatles, and with the strength of Yoko behind him into a true poet and philosopher. (I never could stand most of Paul’s work, and Ringo was more of an afterthought to me, but I cannot deny together the ab Four made some great music.)
                    But back to John, four songs stand out from his Plastic Ono Band period: Woman Is the Nigger of the World, Give Peace a Chance, Instant Karma, d, of course, Imagine. He sang my heart, he sang my mind, and he sang my pholosophy.
                    “He was not our leader,
                    “No five-star general he,
                    “But he was our philosopher
                    “He sang our love for peace…”
                    My next favourite singer was Burton Cummings, lead singer for the Guess Who, who left my high school the year I started there. He sang my first real love affair with his hits from “His Girl” to “These Eyes.”
                    But, and I think I have told you before, my very favorite artist whom I have seen live many times over the years was Eric Burdon, originally of the Animals. For me, no one could sing like him. And my #1 song of all time is one many people consider a throwaway. The latter half of “New York 1963, America 1968” is the story of the most important night in my life.
                    Saturday night is a big, Big experience…
                    I wanna be free, baby, I wanna be free
                    are the lines that start the words and music that grabs my guts every time it starts to play.
                    But really, all this is just me reliving my past, my present, and my future, lol
                    But I almost forgot my favourite album of all time, Neil Diamond’s Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. Whenever I am feeling out of touch with myself and especially my spirit, I dig out my CD (someone stole my vinyl record), and blast it with my headphones on. My favourite song on the album is “Be.”
                    And now you know me more than you ever wanted to, lolita. (So THAT is what Lolita stands for. I’m shocked… )

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                    • Yes, but you see … it is lovely to ‘imagine’, but then sooner or later the song ends and we must come back into the ‘real’ world where Donald Trump is reality, racism and bigotry in all its forms are our reality. That is the source of my tears.

                      Y’know … you relating to George somehow doesn’t surprise me at all, and I can even almost see the ‘twin’ thing. I”m just happy to find another who actually owns up to liking the Beatles back in the day. I admit that I liked John and Paul the best. You are quite right … Ringo was indeed rather an afterthought.

                      I am actually listening to Imagine and Hey Jude as I write this comment. I think the thing that makes me love Paul is the piece he did with Stevie Wonder … Ebony and Ivory. That one … I wish everybody would watch that video once a day every day!

                      Although Be was never one of my favourite Neil Diamond songs (Solitary Man, and Cracklin’ Rosie were my favourites), I can see, from what I know of you, how it would suit you!

                      Lolita??? Moi??? You make me smile, dear friend! And now, I must go to bed, for it is 4:00 a.m. I have enjoyed this ‘chat’, though! Brought back some memories and got me listening to some music I haven’t listened to for a while!

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                    • Glad I could inspire you, Jill, since you inspire me almost daily.
                      Paul definitely had some good songs, “Yesterday” among others. Honestly i forgot about Ebony and Ivory, i hear it so little these days. But mostly he wrote love songs, and I lived for life songs, spiritual songs, rebellious songs, political songs, anti-whatever songs. Yes, love is a part of life, and everybody writes and sings love songs, but being a guy–I guess–love songs were a dime a dozen, though I can put many in my top 100 songs ever (Cherish, His Girl, Dedicated to the One I Love, My Girl and more).
                      The whole Jonathan Livingstone Seagull album, was my “Sunday Go to Meeting” music, and still is, actually. It always put me into the spiritual frame of mind. When I was a Tibetan Buddhist I would always play it in my car on the way to, and back from, our meetings. It speaks directly to the spirit in me, though Dear Father I have to ignore the religious overtones.
                      Unfortunately, Lolita is not you, it is”Laughing out loud in the air,” Which again is spiritual for me, in the air meaning more or less feeling like I am riding the wind.
                      I never did read Lolita, but if you want to be my Lolita I would be honoured. But we’ll keep that just between us (and your readership, LOL.)

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Gawd!! Let this stick!!
    “The New York attorney general filed suit against Drumpf and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president’s personal charity, saying Drumpf repeatedly misused the nonprofit organization – to pay off his businesses’ creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.’

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  6. Our remarkably lovable and intelligent present shall overcome each and every lawsuit and attempt to squelch his admirable desires for his beloved country! Oh wait…Trump won. Nevermind.

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  7. His tweet … isn’t it just soooo becoming for the POTUS to air his dirty laundry on Twitter. Such class … such style … such tastefulness!

    I hope he loses this suit … BIG TIME!

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    • Oh yes indeed!!! He is so professional, dignified, and {cough, choke, gasp, cough} … sorry, I cannot do it, not even in jest! 😀 The man is a boor, a buffoon. Coming on the heels of 8 years with a president who personified class and grace, he is a disgrace. I hope he loses too! Bigly 😉

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