A New York judge has rejected Trump’s bid to throw out a case alleging he used his charitable foundation for his own personal and political purposes. The complaint against the president, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric charges that they had engaged the charity in unlawful coordination with the campaign as well as self-dealing transactions that personally benefitted the President. Trump attorneys attempted to have the case thrown out by arguing Trump could not be sued while in office.
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A lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of misusing his charitable foundation for his own personal and political ends will proceed after a Manhattan judge has refused Trump’s request to dismiss the case.
New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed the action against the president, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump earlier this year, charging that they had engaged in “extensive unlawful 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 nonprofit foundations.”
In August, a lawyer for the Trump Foundation fired back in court cases arguing that Trump cannot be sued while in office. He also argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the family did not knowingly do anything wrong and argued that the lawsuit was brought only because of political bias.
In a 27-page ruling on Friday, State Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla rejected these arguments, noting that a judge in a different case had already ruled earlier this year that Trump was not immune to civil actions “related purely to inofficial behavior because he is President of the USA.”
She also found that contrary to the argument of the foundation, the suit of the Attorney General had made allegations of misconduct that were strong enough to allow the case to proceed.