Donald Trump’s business dealings are not on the up and up. We don’t know just how shady things are, though, thanks to the fact that Trump insists on hiding his tax returns from the public – something no presidential candidate has done in decades. Tax returns can be a very telling peek into how a person handles their own financial affairs, and can, therefore, give the voting public an idea of just how said person would handle the nation’s affairs. Well, we can’t compel Trump to release his tax returns, but we might be about to get something just as revealing since the New York Attorney General is launching an official investigation into Trump’s charitable organization, the Trump Foundation.
The point of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation is because it seems to be highly questionable as to whether the Foundation is following the law with regards to charities that operate in New York State. According to The Hill, it has been confirmed that the office “opened an inquiry into troubling transactions with the Trump Foundation that have recently come into light.” Schneiderman went on to say:
“We have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view.
We’ve inquired into it and we’ve had correspondence with them. I didn’t make a big deal out of it or hold a press conference. We have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
Of course, Schneiderman and Trump are already at war, since the Attorney General is the one going after Trump for bilking people out of bunches of money via the fraudulent scheme known as Trump University. Now, the idea that the Trump Foundation is in any way a charitable organization rather than just another way for Trump to make himself look good and get favors – and possibly breaking the law while doing so – puts the embattled tycoon under even more scrutiny as he attempts to secure the position of the most powerful man in the world.
Of course, the Trump campaign hit back on all of it, with spokesman Jason Miller calling Attorney General Schneiderman “a partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years and has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president” – all for the crime of actually doing his job.
The thing is, though, in the mind of Donald Trump, “charity” seems to mean donating $25,000 via his foundation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s re-election efforts, right around the time she was looking into adding her own investigation of the Trump University fraud case. Suspiciously, that idea was dropped as soon as that cash from Trump hit the bank. Of course, charities cannot make political contributions, and on top of that Trump did not report his activities to the IRS. Because of this, he had to repay the $25,000 to his own Foundation out of his personal funds and had to pony up $2,500 in penalties to the IRS to boot.
Trump is all about calling Hillary Clinton “Crooked.” However, it’s becoming clearer and clearer by the day that he’s as crooked as they come, and this is likely just the tip of the iceberg.
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