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Trump agrees to dissolve his charity amid 'wilful self-dealing' allegations

That lawsuit will continue, with Underwood seeking USD 2.8 million in restitution and a 10-year ban on Trump and his three eldest children running any charities

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US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump's charitable foundation reached a deal Tuesday to dissolve while Trump fights allegations he misused assets for and political purposes.

New York's and lawyers filed a joint stipulation in a court laying out a process for shutting down the charity and distributing its remaining assets to other nonprofit groups.

alleged in a lawsuit last spring that Trump had illegally operated the foundation as an extension of his businesses and his campaign.

That lawsuit will continue, with Underwood seeking USD 2.8 million in restitution and a 10-year ban on Trump and his three eldest children running any charities.

"This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone," Underwood said in a statement.

"We'll continue to move our suit forward to ensure that the and its directors are held to account for their clear and repeated violations of state and "

Trump had long pledged to dissolve the foundation and donate of its remaining funds to charity, but his lawyers said they were thwarted by the attorney general's office, which wanted oversight over the process.

Foundation officials first announced their intention to shut down more than a year ago.

Tuesday's agreement, which still needs a judge's approval, came weeks after a New rejected arguments from the foundation's lawyers that the case was politically motivated and should be thrown out.

Under is a Democrat, as is her predecessor as attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who started investigating the foundation in 2016 after reported that some of its spending personally benefited the Schneiderman ordered the foundation to stop fundraising in

Underwood was appointed to replace Schneiderman in May, when he resigned amid allegations he physically abused women.

The lawsuit accused Trump of illegally using the charity's money to settle disputes involving his empire and to boost his political fortunes during his run for the White House, including by giving out big grants of other's people money to veterans organisations during the run-up to the caucuses, the first presidential nominating contest of 2016.

Lawyers for the foundation have said any infractions were minor. They did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday's agreement.

First Published: Tue, December 18 2018. 23:20 IST
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