Trial date set for lawsuit filed against Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee
A lawsuit filed by Washington, DC against former President Donald Trump's 2017 Inaugural Committee, the Trump Organization, and the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue will go to trial this fall.
Superior Court Judge Yvonne Williams scheduled the proceedings for September 26th, 2022.
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine has accused the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee and the two other Trump business entities of misdirecting more than a million dollars in funds to benefit the ex-first family.
Racine opened the case in 2020 after evidence emerged that $1.1 million in charitable donations were "grossly misused” to “overpay for event space” in the hotel.
Racine alleges that the money in question was diverted for "private inurements,” or expenses unrelated to the non-profit’s activities, including private parties for Trump’s offspring and billing for unused hotel facilities. An additional $49,000 is suspected to have been siphoned away to cover a Trump family stay at the Loews Madison Hotel during inauguration week.
Racine has also suggested that the PIC – which raised more than $107 million – chose to book the Trump Hotel over less expensive options that it knew were available at the time.
“My office is committed to standing up against corruption and abuses of public trust," Racine said in a press release on Thursday. "That’s why we investigate, and, when the facts reveal flagrant violations of law, we sue. We look forward to proving our case in court. Cheaters should never prosper.”
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