A judge in New York on Thursday ordered Donald Trump to pay two million dollars to charities for using his foundation with political and business interests, a new setback in the long list of legal problems for the president of the United States.
Judge Saliann Scarpulla, of the New York Supreme Court, decided that Trump, former administrator of his foundation, should make this payment to eight nonprofit organizations to resolve the lawsuit filed in June by the New York State Attorney General's Office. .
Prosecutors accused the Trump Foundation of "persistent illegal conduct," including "illegal coordination with Trump's presidential campaign."RELATED
In December, Trump agreed to close the foundation but the lawsuit went on in search of millions of dollars in compensation and fines.
Finally, the president and three of his children (Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka, directors of the foundation) concluded a friendly agreement with the prosecution, according to court documents.
The judicial decision this Thursday "is a great victory in our efforts to protect charitable assets and hold those who abuse charitable foundations for personal gain," Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
The New York prosecutor "voluntarily denatures this agreement, for political purposes," the president of the United States denounced on Thursday in a statement posted on Twitter.
"I am the only person I know, perhaps the only person in the world who can give a lot of money to charity … and be attacked by politicians in the state of New York," he defended.
According to James, Trump "admitted to having personally misused the foundation's funds" and made several commitments before the court so that this does not happen again.
According to the lawsuit, the abuses of the foundation included contributing money to a political campaign in Florida; promote Trump brand hotels; settle a lawsuit in 2007 between the city of Palm Beach and the Trump Mar-a-Lago resort; solve another demand from a golfer who participated in a charity event sponsored by Trump in 2012 and cover personal expenses, including the purchase of a portrait of the president to display at one of his golf clubs.
He also indicated that in January 2016, when Trump was already on the run to get to the White House, he organized a charity gala in Iowa that was actually a campaign event.
This was the third court case related to Trump this week in his home state of New York.
On Monday, American writer E. Jean Carroll, who reported being raped by Trump in a changer at the luxury Bergdorf Goodman store in the 1990s, announced a lawsuit against the president for defamation.
On the same day, an American appeals court ruled that Trump must release eight years of tax returns, a blow to his attempts to keep his personal earnings secret.