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Trump charity to dissolve in deal with New York attorney-general

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NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump's namesake charitable foundation has agreed to dissolve under court supervision, partially resolving a New York state lawsuit claiming he misused it to advance his 2016 presidential campaign and his businesses, the state attorney general said on Tuesday.

The lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation also seeks to recoup US$2.8 million (S$3.8 million) and ban Mr Trump and his three eldest children from leadership roles in any other New York charity.

The agreement, which must be approved by a New York state judge, would give state Attorney General Barbara Underwood the power to vet the charities that receive the foundation's remaining assets.

Mr Underwood said in a statement that the foundation had served as "little more than a checkbook to serve Mr Trump's business and political interests," and called the agreement "an important victory for the rule of law".

Mr Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trumps, responded in a statement that the lawsuit had delayed the foundation's plan to dissolve after Mr Trump won the US presidential election in November 2016.

He added that over the past decade, the foundation had distributed about US$19 million, including US$8.25 million of Mr Trump's personal money, to over 700 charitable organisations.

Mr Trump, a Republican, has previously said on Twitter that Mr Underwood's lawsuit was a concoction by "sleazy New York Democrats". In their motion to dismiss the case, the Trumps said it reflected Mr Underwood's "pervasive bias" against them.

The new agreement came less than a month after Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan rejected the motion to dismiss.

The motion had argued that the US Constitution immunised Mr Trump from Mr Underwood's claims alleging breach of fiduciary duty, improper self-dealing, and misuse of the Foundation's assets. - REUTERS