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N.Y. AG says Trump can’t dissolve foundation yet

In this Dec. 21 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
In this Dec. 21 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

The New York State attorney general’s office says Donald Trump must freeze his plan to dismantle his charitable foundation because state prosecutors are probing whether the president-elect personally benefited from its spending.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday that the Donald J. Trump Foundation is still under investigation “and cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete.”

The statement came after Trump announced he wanted to dissolve the charitable organization in what his presidential transition team says is an effort to erase any potential conflicts of interest before he takes office Jan. 20.

But the foundation’s inner workings have been the subject of Schneiderman’s investigation for months and could remain a thorny issue for Trump’s incoming administration.


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