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“Persistently Illegal Conduct”

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The Trump Foundation is not a charity in any meaningful sense, but it is a literal criminal enterprise:

The New York attorney general filed suit against President Trump and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president’s personal charity, saying Trump repeatedly misused the nonprofit — to pay off his businesses’ creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.

In the suit, filed Thursday morning, attorney general Barbara Underwood asked a state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation. She asked that its remaining $1 million in assets be distributed to other charities and that Trump be forced to pay at least $2.8 million in restitution and penalties.

Underwood said that oversight of spending at Trump’s foundation was so loose that its board of directors hadn’t met in 19 years, and its official treasurer wasn’t even aware he was on the board.

Instead, she said, the foundation came to serve the spending needs of Trump himself — and then, in 2016, the needs of his presidential campaign. She cited emails from Trump campaign staffers, directing which charities should receive gifts from the Trump Foundation, and in what amounts.

Of course, this was not a significant issue during the 2016 campaign, because the media was busy chasing snipe hunts related to Hillary Clinton’s legitimately well-run life-saving charity. Again and again, the media would investigate the Clinton Foundation, find absolutely no wrongdoing, and then write stories strongly implying misconduct on the part of Clinton while burying the exoneration. And the first of these stories, the one that cemented the narrative — Uranium One — was not only a story involving no misconduct whatsoever by Hillary Clinton but was literally a collaboration with Steve Bannon.

Heckuva job.

…and, yes, once again:

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