//  7/19/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss the New York Attorney General's petition to dissolve the Trump Foundation and ban President Trump and his children from serving as directors of charities in the future. They then do some a hit on the new Mueller indictment. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes. 

Jason starts the discussion by explaning Trump's non-profit Foundation, the role of states in regulating non-profits, and the rock-solid evidence produced by the New York Attorney General that, for many years up to and including the presidential campaign in 2016, President Trump misused charitable funds and violated a litany of other laws that are supposed to ensure that non-profits actually benefit the public interest in some way. Jason and Charlie discuss their favorite allegations, including that the President let campaign staffers direct charitable funds to benefit the campaign and that he fraudulently used Trump Foundation money to pay off a debt owed by one of his golf courses. They then discuss the bigger issues presented by this case, like whether the lawsuit can go forward against a sitting president and whether this kind of pre-Presidential conduct should matter politically. Charlie then discusses the latest Mueller indictment.

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Notes

  • The petition in this case is here.
  • A Bloomberg report describing the first court hearing in this case is here.
  • At Just Security, Katherine Cheasty Kornman discusses the federalism considerations in the case.
  • A Slate article on the case is here.

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