NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump Foundation says in a statement that a lawsuit filed against it by New York’s attorney general is “politics at its very worst.”
The suit filed Thursday 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.”