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President-Elect Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he is directing his lawyers to begin to take steps to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Jr. Foundation, effective immediately, according to a statement from the campaign.
“The Foundation has done enormous good works over the years in contributing millions of dollars to countless worthy groups, including supporting veterans, law enforcement officers, and children,” Trump said in a statement. “However, to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role of president, I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways.”
The foundation has been under scrutiny for the past few months, partly due to the fact that Trump himself never actually gave any money to the charity, rather it collected money from other people and donated it on their behalf. Another source of controversy was trump using funds from the charity to pay his personal legal bills, which is a violation of the law.
The charity remains under investigation by the New York Attorney General, and according to spokesperson Amy Spitalnick, it is unable to be legally dissolved until that investigation is completed, which could take some time.
The charity is also tied to the Trump University controversy, as funds from the charity were used to make a donation to the election fund of Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, right as she decided to not pursue an investigation into Trump University, something that was suspected of being a legal bribe.