Corrupt US President-elect Donald Trump has claimed he’s going to shut down the sleazy Trump Foundation after public scrutiny of all the ways he’s misused it—like using donations to settle lawsuits involving his businesses, or to buy garish portraits of himself. But even that can’t happen until the New York State attorney general is finished investigating him.
According to the Washington Post, Trump issued a statement indicating that he had directed his attorney to take the necessary steps to close the Trump Foundation. “The Foundation has done enormous good works over the years in contributing millions of dollars to countless worthy groups, including supporting veterans, law enforcement officers and children,” Trump lied. “However, to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways.”
Trump brags constantly about his charitable donations, but in fact gives away almost nothing. And the Trump Foundation has admitted in tax documents that it has violated prohibitions against “self-dealing”—transferring funds or assets to Trump, one of his repulsive family members, or a Trump-owned business.
The New York State attorney general’s office has issued a statement of its own: “The Trump Foundation is still under investigation by this office and cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete.”
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