Trump Foundation to dissolve amid allegations of “shocking pattern of illegality”

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The Trump Foundation agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision as it continues to face a lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General’s office alleging that it committed a pattern of persistent illegal conduct.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that the Trump Foundation signed a stipulation regarding its dissolution. Under the stipulation, the foundation and the attorney general’s office will jointly submit to the court a list of not-for-profit organizations that will receive equal amounts of funds following a final order of dissolution. The funds will come from the remaining assets of the foundation.

The stipulation comes after last month’s court’s decision allowing Underwood to move forward with her lawsuit against Trump Foundation.

In June, the attorney general sued the foundation and its board of directors including Pres. Donald Trump and his adult children– Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump.

A victory for the rule of law

Underwood alleged that the directors of the foundation engaged in repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Trump’s personal and business interests. Her office initiated a special proceeding to dissolve the Trump Foundation. It is also seeking restitution of $2.8 million plus penalties.

In a statement on Tuesday, Underwood said, “Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation–– including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more. This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.”

Additionally, she said, “This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone. We’ll continue to move our suit forward to ensure that the Trump Foundation and its directors are held to account for their clear and repeated violations of state and federal law.”