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Reporter uncovers evidence Trump charity money diverted to litigation costs

Presumptive Republican nominee for US president Donald Trump visits Trump International Golf Links.
Presumptive Republican nominee for US president Donald Trump visits Trump International Golf Links.
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The Washington Post says Republican candidate for President, Donald Trump, used $258,000 from his charitable foundation for legal settlements involving his Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida and a New York golf course.

The Post reports that in 2007, Trump used his foundation's money when his Palm Beach, Florida, club was fined $120,000 by the town for having a flagpole that was almost twice the height allowed under local rules.

As part of a settlement, Trump donated $125,000 to veterans' charities from the Trump Foundation. The foundation's money comes mainly from other donors, not Trump himself.  

The Post reports that in 2010, a golfer sued when he was denied a $1 million prize for a hole-in-one in a charity tournament at Trump's course outside New York City. A $158,000 settlement also came from Trump's foundation. Speaking on CNN, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says she does not think he broke the law: "I've been talking to the people who are responsible for the Trump Foundation to get some facts and some figures," she said. "It's very important for people to understand what happened in these cases. Donations went to veterans groups ... How did the Mar-a-Lago benefit from him giving $100,000 to veterans? The veterans benefited and I think that's great and I applaud him for doing that."

Could Trump face charges over these allegations?


David Farenthold, reporter covering Congress for the Washington Post; his latest piece is titled "Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems:" he tweets from @Fahrenthold

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