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    NY Attorney General Investigating Alleged Trump Charity Funds Misuse - Reports

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    Authorities in New York state are investigating the possibility that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spent nearly $260,000 in charity money to settle lawsuits involving his for-profit companies, local media reported on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The New York Attorney General’s Office is probing the alleged misuse of funds by the Trump Foundation, ABC news reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Trump used his charitable foundation’s money to pay legal settlements, which may have violated tax laws in the United States.

    The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Trump’s charity isn’t a credible organization.

    "Clearly, the Trump Foundation is as much a charitable organization as Trump University is an institute of higher education," the Clinton campaign’s deputy communications director, Christina Reynolds, said in a statement quoted by Politico.

    Last week, Democrats on the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee asked US Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a letter to investigate the Trump Foundation. The legislators expressed concern about a foundation payment in 2013 to a political group tied to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi shortly before she decided her state wouldn’t join a lawsuit against Trump University.

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