Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities

Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities

A New York County Supreme Court judge has ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages to a number of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement involving his now-dissolved foundation, the New York Times reports.

The Trump Foundation closed its doors nearly a year ago after the New York attorney general's office sued the foundation for engaging in what it called "a shocking pattern of illegality" that included improperly coordinating with Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and repeatedly engaging in self-dealing.

The attorney general's office also had asked the court to ban Trump from ever operating a charitable organization in the state again. Although New York Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla did not impose such a ban, she did place numerous restrictions on Trump should he seek to establish another charitable organization.

According to CNN, designated recipients of the funds include Army Emergency Relief, Children's Aid Society, CityMeals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha's Table, the United Negro College Fund, United Way of the Capital Area, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. According to the court's order, the organizations will share the charity's remaining liquid assets, which total roughly $1.8 million.

"The court's decision, together with the settlements we negotiated, are a major victory in our efforts to protect charitable assets and hold accountable those who would abuse charities for personal gain," said New York attorney general Letitia James in a statement. "My office will continue to fight for accountability because no one is above the law — not a businessman, not a candidate for office, and not even the President of the United States."