House Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is requesting information about the Trump Foundation’s apparent violations of a legal prohibition against “self-dealing.”
“I am writing to request additional information on the apparent admission of the Donald J. Trump Foundation to multiple instances in which the organization appears to have violated the legal prohibition against using charitable funds to benefit its leaders, their family members, or other disqualified individuals,” Cummings wrote Tuesday in a letter addressed to Sheri Dillon, of Morgan, Lewis Bockius, the Trump Foundation’s law firm.
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In the letter, Cummings referenced recent reports which said the president-elect’s charitable foundation had admitted to the IRS that it had violated laws against “self-dealing.”
The nonprofit tracking site GuideStar recently posted online the Trump Foundation’s IRS tax filings for 2015, which contained the admission, according to The Washington Post.
On the forms, the IRS questioned if the Trump Foundation transferred “income or assets to a disqualified person” and the foundation responded “yes.”
The foundation also answered yes to a question about whether it had engaged in any acts of self dealing in previous years.
The documents were apparently uploaded by the law firm, Morgan, Lewis Bockius.
Cummings said if the accounts are accurate, the new document “appears to corroborate multiple reports of self-dealing that have been repeatedly denied or disregarded by President-elect Trump over the past year.”
“Unfortunately, this filing provides no further details about these multiple incidents of apparent self-dealing,” Cummings said in the letter.
Cummings in the letter brought up various reports and accusations against the Trump Foundation.
He referenced a report which said the president-elect had spent more than a quarter-million dollars of charitable funds to “settle various lawsuits involving the President-elect’s for-profit companies.”
He then requested a series of documents about the foundation be provided by Dec. 6.
Cummings requested “documents related to the Foundation’s transfer of any income or assets to a disqualified person,” documents about the “amounts of penalties or excise taxes for each violation and whether those amounts have been paid,” and an explanation about “whether the Foundation also admitted to self-dealing violations in any previous tax filings, and if not, why not.”
Cummings also requested information about “when president elect Trump became aware of each of these incidents, how he became aware, and what actions he took in response.”