White House slams suit over Trump’s foundation
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White House slams suit over Trump’s foundation

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    President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the G-7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada on June 9. New York Attorney General sued the Trump Foundation today, saying it engaged in a pattern of illegal self-dealing.

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NEW YORK >> The White House is blasting a lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general against President Donald Trump and his foundation, suggesting that is politically motivated.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Attorney General Barbara Underwood was “outrageously biased.” Sanders also blasted Underwood’s predecessor — Eric Schneiderman, who resigned last month — for being a longtime Trump antagonist.

Sanders said the alleged bias was “problematic.”

Underwood and Schneiderman are Democrats. Trump is a Republican.

The suit filed today says President Donald Trump illegally used the charity to pay legal settlements related to his golf clubs, buy a painting of himself and bolster his political image with donations directed by his campaign staff.

The Foundation defended its record, saying it had donated over $19 million to worthy charitable causes.

It said it had been planning to shut down for more than a year, but had been stopped from doing so because of the state’s investigation.

It also said it had $1.7 million remaining to give out to charity “that the NYAG has been holding hostage for political gain.”

The lawsuit seeks $2.8 million in restitution, additional unspecified penalties and the foundation’s dissolution. Trump had already pledged to dismantle it.

Trump made a similar claim that he wouldn’t settle a lawsuit charging that his Trump University misled customers but ultimately paid a $25 million settlement last year.

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