Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million To Charities Over Misuse Of Foundation, Court Documents Say

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A New York judge on Thursday ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages for misusing funds from a tax-exempt charity — taking the charity’s money to pay debts for his for-profit businesses, to boost his 2016 campaign and to buy a painting of himself, according to court documents.

That order, from state Judge Saliann Scarpulla, settled a lawsuit filed against Trump last year by the New York attorney general.

It marked an extraordinary moment: The president of the United States acknowledged in a court filing that he had failed to follow basic laws about how charities should be governed. Previously, Trump had insisted the charity was run properly and the suit was a partisan sham.

“Mr. Trump owed fiduciary duties to the Foundation,” Scarpulla wrote in the order, meaning duties to safeguard the foundation’s money. “Mr. Trump breached his fiduciary duty to the Foundation.”

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