President Donald Trump was ordered Thursday by a NY judge to pay $2 million to a group of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit stemming from repeated violations of state charities laws.
Trump's three eldest children - Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric - were also named in the original lawsuit, because they were officially board members at the Trump Foundation.
Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan ruled in favor of the state attorney general Letitia James, a Democrat, who pursued the investigation begun by her predecessor into whether the foundation channeled money into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
The attorney general's office had sought several outcomes, including $2.8 million in restitution, plus penalties, and a ban on Trump and his children serving on the board of any other NY nonprofit.
Instead of fining him that amount, as the attorney general's office wanted, the judge trimmed it to $US2m and rejected a demand for punitive damages and interest.
"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".
President Trump has come under scrutiny about his charitable foundation's use of funds.
James wanted the judge to award damages for the entire $2.8 million, while Trump argued that the foundation disbursed all of the funds to charitable organizations.
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Earlier Monday, he declined written answers from the whistleblower, saying the individual "must be brought forward to testify". Trump praised GOP Sen. "And the job he's done one of the best in the country if not the best, he's been incredible".
As part of those agreements, made public Thursday, Trump admitted personally misusing foundation funds.
The $2 million is expected to go to Army Emergency Relief, the Children's Aid Society, City Meals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha's Table, the United Negro College Fund, the United Way of the National Capital Area and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Trump Foundation lawyer Alan Futerfas said the nonprofit has distributed approximately $19 million over the past decade, including $8.25 million of the president's own money, to hundreds of charitable organizations.
The Trump Foundation agreed last December to dissolve.
The Donald J Trump Foundation closed down in 2018, after prosecutors accused it of working as "little more than a chequebook" for Mr Trump's interests. "Now that this matter is concluded, the Trump Foundation is proud to make this additional contribution".
As part of the settlement, Trump also agreed to reimburse $11,525 to the foundation for its payment of auction items at a charitable benefit and to comply with certain restrictions if he wants to join the board of another NY charity.
New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit previous year alleging Trump and his family illegally operated the foundation as an extension of his businesses and his presidential campaign.