A lawsuit against the Trump Foundation, filed by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood and which Judge Saliann Scarpulla declined to give Trump immunity from, poses a serious threat to the POTUS.
The lawsuit initiated by Underwood accuses the directors of the Trump Foundation of “transacting business illegally and abusively” as well as failing to “operate and manage the Foundation in accordance” with the law, “resulting in the misuse of charitable assets and self-dealing.”
These are serious allegations that could unravel the financial structure of the Trump empire. President Trump isn’t the only one vulnerable as Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump are also foundation directors.
“The Trump Foundation functioned as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” Barbara Underwood said in response to Scarpulla’s ruling, which shot down Trump’s legal defense of being immune to the civil lawsuit because he is the president.
Washington, D.C. attorney Mark S. Zaid expressed concern that Scarpulla giving Underwood the all clear could lead prosecutors to discover evidence of unlawful dealings that could implicate the president.
Zaid added that the investigation “could allow discovery into financial donations, their origins and whether it was of a laundering nature.”
Zaid is joined in his concerns by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and state representative Chris Vance, with all three agreeing that this pending lawsuit is Trump’s biggest threat yet.