NY attorney general wants Trump fined $5.6M over charity

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President Donald Trump speaks about border security in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW YORK (AP) – New York’s attorney general says President Donald Trump should pay a fine of up to $5.6 million over allegations in a state lawsuit that he used his charity to further his presidential campaign.

Democrat Letitia James argued in a court filing Thursday that state law allows a fine equal to double the $2.8 million in free media attention she says Trump received for an event that blurred charity and politics.

Trump skipped a 2016 Iowa debate and held a competing rally where he solicited donations that his foundation passed on to veterans’ charities.

The foundation has agreed to dissolve.

The lawsuit seeks $2.8 million in restitution. James says there’s ample evidence for an immediate ruling in the state’s favor.

Foundation lawyers say any infractions were minor and the lawsuit is politically motivated.

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