BREAKING: Trump Foundation to Dissolve, per Agreement With New York AG Office

BREAKING: Trump Foundation to Dissolve, per Agreement With New York AG Office December 18, 2018

“A shocking pattern of illegality.”

That is the description used by New York’s top prosecutor to describe the actions of the Trump family charitable organization, the Trump Foundation.

It was formed in 1987, but you’d be hard pressed to find any glowing reports of philanthropic works from that particular crew.

These days, it is but one more avenue for investigation into the potentially illegal activities of our current president and his brood.

In what is breaking news, it has been announced that in new court filings that the organization has made an agreement with the Attorney General’s Office of New York to dissolve, and distribute all its assets to other [actual] charitable organizations.

This is to take place over the next 30 days.

The agreement was signed off on by the Trump Foundation attorney, Alan Futerfas.

And just so there’s no confusion: This does not stop the lawsuit brought against the foundation by the attorney general. That’s still a thing. That’s going to have to play out.

From NBC News:

“Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more,” state AG Barbara Underwood said in a statement.

“This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.”

As part of the agreement, the judge will oversee the distribution of those assets. He gets the say in which charities will benefit.

So, yeah.

And I’ll  say that, as a southern girl, for all my days, all I ever knew of Trump was what I saw on television for the years before he ran for the presidency. He was never anybody I paid a lot of attention to.

That being said, I’ve got quite a few friends in the Manhattan and New Jersey area. They had the benefit of knowing him as a “local guy” for all these years. You can talk to any of them about who Donald Trump was before he ran for office, and “crooked” is easily the kindest adjective that any of them would use.

None of this is a surprise to them.

The irony is that had Donald Trump kept his head down, rather than seeking out a bigger and bigger spotlight, he could have carried on with his grifter ways, passing the grift down to his brood, and it would have only caused brief ripples in the local scene.

This is a case where his ego and greed led him to a particularly bad place.

It’s also a great lesson for other disreputable men who may seek higher office.

Don’t do it. You can’t withstand the scrutiny.

 

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  • JASmius

    I said it before, and I’ll keep on saying it: Donald Trump is the most spectacular real-life example of the Peter Principle that has ever existed in the history of humanity. Ditto Proverbs 16:18.

  • TinnyWhistler

    Gotta love it when people elect the mire to drain the swamp.

  • clanhamilton

    Have to agree.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Trump should have stuck to just being a LOCAL embarrassment to humanity working only REGIONAL scams where he could be ignored or avoided by those that knew him.

    Now that he has become an INTERNATIONAL embarrassment, known world-wide, his cover has been blown and I see indications that between Mueller’s probe and the NYS prosecutors, Trump stands tol lose not only his Foundation, but likely his entire business enterprise piece by piece as scrutiny comes to bear on each individual business “enterprise” and the source (and nature) of the funding that Trump transfers between his “businesses”. If Trump’s acolytes have indeed been laundering mob money (or Russian mob money) as has been reported, not only could the funding be shut off, but the properties may even be seized under RICO statutes.

    At least then Trump might have enough money to actually pay the bills of his sub-contractors that are still waiting for final payments (even court-ordered payments).

    Seeing Trump and his brood penniless and destitute after all his bragging about how rich he is and knowing how that would affect his ego would be a fitting return for what he and his brood are doing to the structure and economy of this country.

  • TinnyWhistler

    I have family in NYC. Their opinion has been rather consistently along the lines of “Donald Trump is on my short list for human beings who should never be allowed to do anything”

  • Ellen Elmore

    No one would listen to me when I told them Trump would be the worst Republican president in history. They all voted for Trump because “at least he is not Hillary.” I hope Trump is proven to be a criminal and his presidency goes down in flames. Only then can I say “I told you.”

  • chemical

    From Susan:

    The irony is that had Donald Trump kept his head down, rather than seeking out a bigger and bigger spotlight, he could have carried on with his grifter ways, passing the grift down to his brood, and it would have only caused brief ripples in the local scene.

    The double irony is that he didn’t even have to do that. I’d argue that the one thing Trump did successfully was his reality TV show. It’s the perfect show format for a person like Trump. Since The Apprentice was pretty successful, that afforded Trump quite a large spotlight where he gets to look like this genius businessman, but that just wasn’t a big enough spotlight for his insatiable ego.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Where were these people during the election when the ONLY reports out of NY state were that Trump is be “best choice” for President, when NY went overwhelmingly for Trump over Cruz in the primaries, when Trump was overwhelmingly met with cheering crowds everywhere he went in NY and where NONE of the lies Trump told during the primary (and general election) season were ever challenged by anyone ? Where was the history of legal investigations in NY State ? Are Trump’s legal violations that are only now coming to light never suspected or investigated ? Why not ?

    I hold the voters and people of NY State primarily responsible for the election of Trump because they KNEW who and what Trump was, but chose to hide that information, even prevent that information from coming out so the rest of the country could have factual information with which to make informed decisions instead of only Trump’s white-washed (and highly fictional) accounts of his history, his accomplishments and his abilities. It was the people and government of NY State that refused to create a record of prosecuting Trump’s fraud over the years, that refused to look into his connections and manipulations over the years and that chose to throw their backing behind Trump instead of illuminating Trump’s history and dubious connections for the country’s voter base. It was the people and government of NY State (as well as all NY State-based media) that cheered every time Trump went on TV and lied about his opponents and that effectively cheered Trump into office with their implied support for Trump as “the favored son” and the next “Buckley Conservative”.

  • TinnyWhistler

    They’re not registered as Republicans and thus have no say in Republican primaries. NYS does not have open primaries.
    Most of NYS Republicans are not anywhere near NYC. Remember that NYS Republicans backed Carl freaking Paladino for Governor in 2010. Chris Collins, the first sitting Representative to endorse Trump, was just reelected to Congress despite having been indicted for insider trading in August.

    NYS Republicans and NYC Democrats are two very different political groups.

  • captcrisis

    Trump lost New York by a landslide (59 – 35).

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Not during the primaries he did not — when it counted and when we COULD have had a much more honorable and (at least more) trustworthy candidate. NY did more to select Trump as the nominee because of their sheer size and their “home – team cheerleading” than any state could have done in the general election.

  • captcrisis

    Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary (at least in New York). In New York Republicans are a minority. As a result only half a million New Yorkers (all Republican) gave him this “sheer size” primary win.

  • Barros Serrano

    And then what shall we think of the MAJORITY of Republicans in Washington who have gone along with the Orange Toddler?

    And what of those who voted for this narcissist wannabe-dictator? Perhaps we need to have a National Reconciliation event as they did in S Africa.

  • Barros Serrano

    Honor among thieves?

    Might as well look for honor among Republicans.

  • Barros Serrano

    And I still have not heard a cogent explanation of just why Hillary was so bad…

    er uh duh… “Crooked Hillary”… uh… “emails”… duh… “she’s a communist working for George Soros” (that’s the white-right version)…

    NOTHING coherent.

    The real reason they voted for Trumpolini the white-right racist? Their reaction to having had to live under a BLACK President for 8 years…