President Trump at a rally in Mississippi.
Donald Trump receives $ 2 million fine for misuse of charitable foundation
A judge ordered President Donald Trump on Thursday to pay $ 2 million to a variety of charities as a fine for misuse of his own charitable foundation to promote his political and commercial interests.
New York State Judge Saliann Scarpulla imposed the penalty after the president admitted a series of abuses described in a lawsuit filed against him last year by the New York attorney general's office.
Among other things, Trump acknowledged in a legal presentation that allowed his presidential campaign staff to coordinate with the Trump Foundation to organize a fundraiser for veterans during the period prior to the 2016 Iowa assemblies. The event was designed "to promote Trump's political campaign, "said Scarpulla.
However, in a challenging statement issued Thursday night, Trump suggested he was not sorry or wrong.
I am the only person I know, perhaps the only person in history, who can give large amounts of money to charity (19 million), does not charge expenses and is attacked by political attacks in the state of New York, he wrote.
He attacked a number of New York Democratic attorney generals who were involved in the lawsuit, saying they should have spent their time investigating the Clinton Foundation.
Trump's foundation will be dissolved and his $ 1.7 million in remaining funds will be given to other nonprofit organizations, according to agreements reached by Trump's attorneys and the attorney general's office.
As part of those agreements, made public on Thursday, the two sides left it up to the judge to decide what penalty Trump should pay.
The agreement was a radical change for Trump. He had tweeted: "I will not solve this case!" when it was presented in June 2018.
Trump's fine and charity funds will be divided equally between eight organizations, including Citymeals on Wheels, United Black College Fund and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. UU.