N.Y. Says Donald Trump Can't Shutter Charity Amid State Inquiry: The New York attorney general's office said the president-elect cannot legally dissolve his controversial foundation while a state investigation of its fundraising activities is ongoing, ABC News reports.
The Foundation is under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and was ordered to stop raising funds in October. But considering that the foundation is now under investigation for possible "impropriety", can Trump dissolve his foundation legally? General Michael Flynn (R) at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is holding meetings on December 21, 2016.
The President-elect has made no mention of these headaches in his public comments about the foundation, claiming in his Saturday statement that the charity operated "at essentially no cost for decades, with 100 percent of the money going to charity". "I do not want to let good work be associated with a potential conflict of interest", Trump said.
Trump hasn't donated to the Donald J. Trump Foundation since 2008, instead relying on donations from others, though he did give the organization more than $5 million from 1987 until then.
Russian troops 'find mass graves' in Aleppo
The AP notes that Christmas was celebrated in Aleppo for the first time in four years this weekend. In a statement, he said some of the bodies had been mutilated and some had gunshot wounds.
A 2015 tax return posted on the non-profit monitoring website GuideStar shows the Donald J. Trump Foundation acknowledged that it used money or assets in violation of IRS regulations not only during 2015, but in prior years.
However, the foundation has been part of a wide ranging discussion about Trump's business and personal entanglements.
A month ago, the Trump Foundation admitted in official documents that "it violated a legal prohibition against 'self-dealing, ' which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity's money to help themselves, their businesses or their families".
At the time, a Trump spokesperson called the investigation a "left-wing hit job".