After years of intense scrutiny regarding its financial practices, the Trump Foundation will be dissolved by court order.
In a scathing statement, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood operated as a piggy bank for President Donald Trump.
“Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation – including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more. This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests."
The foundation will dissolve under judicial supervision and must disperse its remaining assets to legitimate organizations approved by the office of the New York Attorney General.
The Trump Foundation was notorious for its misuse of funds years before the court order, when revelations that $258,000 of donations went toward legal settlements and $20,000 was used to commission a portrait of Donald Trump.
The statement was lauded by many.
@nycsouthpaw @maddezmom NY AG just made my day!— The octopus said… (@The octopus said…) 1545149079.0
@nycsouthpaw This is great!— Zasz (@Zasz) 1545149930.0
@JoyceWhiteVance Dear Donald, Merry Christmas. Love, AG Underwood and the citizens of New York— Still Not Over It (@Still Not Over It) 1545149298.0
Americans everywhere were relieved to see that the corruption wouldn't go unchecked.
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@AP thoughts and prayers!— B (@B) 1545151241.0
@AP So much winning.— hmmm889 (@hmmm889) 1545150521.0
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@AP If Trump cannot be trusted to run a charitable foundation, then how can Trump to be trusted to run a publically… https://t.co/jzU1ZpTmsf— The Queen of Sheba 🤞🍑✌ (@The Queen of Sheba 🤞🍑✌) 1545150792.0
But that was just the beginning.
Others noted that Trump and his cronies often brayed about the corruption within the Clinton Foundation, which—despite numerous politically motivated investigations—continues to fully operate.
Clinton Foundation (2016): - $129 million spent saving people with HIV/AIDS in the developing world. - $22 million… https://t.co/TP8mWyBUoU— Nick Jack Pap-pass the Gravy (@Nick Jack Pap-pass the Gravy) 1545151031.0
@nycsouthpaw A good day to thank the @ClintonFdn for their hard work!— daphna (@daphna) 1545149092.0
Though the dissolution of the foundation means that crimes won't be allowed to continue, many still wanted people to answer for the crimes.
@jimsciutto Crimes have been committed. Who's going to jail for it?— ℍ𝕆𝕃𝕐 𝕊ℂℍℕ𝕀𝕂𝔼𝕊 🏳️🌈 (@ℍ𝕆𝕃𝕐 𝕊ℂℍℕ𝕀𝕂𝔼𝕊 🏳️🌈) 1545150139.0
@AP they still should go after the people involved in criminal activities— Raymond Ford (@Raymond Ford) 1545150389.0
But as former U.S. Attorney Joyce Alene points out, the saga is likely far from over.
@edjohnson7 Shuttering the Foundation won't do anything to end legal exposure, unless there is an explicit agreemen… https://t.co/3L5MB83kXx— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1545149746.0
And the dominoes begin to fall.