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    New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation and its directors, including US President Donald Trump and three of his children, alleging that the foundation has engaged in a pattern of illegal conduct for more than a decade, a press release from Underwood's office said.

    "Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and its directors, Donald J. Trump ("Mr. Trump"), Donald J. Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump," the release said.

    Barbara Underwood said the foundation had engaged in "extensive unlawful political coordination" with Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

    "The petition filed today alleges a pattern of persistent illegal conduct, occurring over more than a decade, that includes extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump's personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for non-profit foundations," the release stated.

    The release said Underwood has sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission with information on possible violations of federal laws that they may want to investigate and take legal action over.

    Donald Trump has posted his remarks about the case on Twitter.

    Underwood seeks to ban Trump from serving as the head of a non-profit organization in New York for ten years and ban his children from doing the same for a period of one year, the release added.

    Underwood's predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, filed more than 100 lawsuits against Trump and his administration prior to resigning over a sex scandal in May, according to published reports.

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    The lawsuit accuses Trump of using his foundation to pay his legal bills, promote his hotels and other businesses and to purchase personal items.

    The release also said that Underwood's investigation found that the Trump Foundation had raised more than $2.8 million in a "manner designed to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direction and under the control of the senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign."

    The investigation found that the board of the Trump Foundation existed in name only and did not approve any expenditures or activities. All decisions were made by Trump himself, the release added.

    US Deputy Attorney General Briefs Trump on Inspector General Findings

    US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is briefing President Donald Trump on the incoming Inspector General report about the FBI’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, US media reported.

    Rosenstein has arrived at the White House to provide details of the report on FBI Director James Comey's investigation to Trump ahead of its release to the general public, NBC News reported citing an administration official.

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    Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to unveil the report at 2:00 p.m. EDT, but Bloomberg has obtained a copy and revealed that Comey did not act out of political bias, yet he deviated from the agency’s procedures in the Clinton probe.

    In May, at Trump's request, the inspector general broadened its investigation of the FBI's role in the 2016 presidential election to examine the agency's use of informants in the Trump campaign.

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