New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D) filed a lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti: "I think that Michael Cohen is in a very, very bad spot" MSNBC reporter: Detained immigrant children "effectively incarcerated" in Texas facility GOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn't support Trump "will be making a mistake" MORE, the Donald J. Trump Foundation and members of the Trump family on Thursday, alleging that the charity has violated federal and state law.
In a statement, Ms Underwood said Mr Trump had illegally instructed his foundation to provide support to his presidential campaign by using the foundation's name and funds it raised to promote the campaign.
"Our investigation found that the Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2.8 million in a manner created to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direct and under the control of the senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign", the attorney general said.
Trump's children were also named as defendants in the attorney general's petition, filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Barbara Underwood said the charitable foundation had engaged in "unlawful political coordination" created to influence the 2016 election.
The lawsuit deepens the legal woes of the president, adding to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his campaign, a federal investigation in NY of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and civil suits related to hush-money deals signed on his behalf. I won't settle this case!,' he wrote.
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.
She also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action, adding more weight to the legal troubles the president faces.
Underwood also asked that Trump be banned from leading any other NY nonprofit for 10 years. "This is unconscionable - particularly because the foundation previously announced its intention to dissolve more than a year and a half ago".