Trump lashes out over foundation shutdown

Associated Press

New York – President Donald Trump is lashing out at New York Democrats over their efforts to shut down his charitable foundation.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that his foundation has “done great work and given away lots of money.”

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday that the foundation would dissolve while it fights a state lawsuit accusing it of illegally operating like an extension of Trump’s businesses and political campaign.

Trump tweeted that Underwood “does little else but rant, rave & politic against me.” He called former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman a “sleazebag,” and he complained that the state’s attorney general-elect, Letitia James, “openly campaigned on a GET TRUMP agenda.”

Trump also criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wasn’t involved in the lawsuit but praised it in a tweet.

“Will never be treated fairly by these people,” he said, “a total double standard of ‘justice.’”

Underwood and attorneys for the Trump foundation agreed Tuesday on a court-supervised process for shutting down the charity and distributing some $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofit groups.

The deal comes even as Trump continues to fight allegations he misused the foundation’s assets to resolve business disputes and boost his run for the White House. Underwood’s lawsuit, filed last spring, alleges that Trump and his family illegally operated the foundation as an extension of his businesses and his presidential campaign will continue.

The attorney general said the foundation operated as “little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.”

Lawyers for the foundation have said any infractions were minor.