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The Latest: Trump lawyer confident he’ll win in charity suit

November 23, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a judge’s ruling allowing a lawsuit to proceed against President Donald Trump over the management of his charity (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

Donald Trump’s lawyer says he’s confident the president’s side will prevail in a lawsuit alleging that he used his charitable foundation to further his business and political interests.

Trump’s lawyer Alan Futerfas said a judge’s decision to reject his bid to have the lawsuit thrown out “means only that the case goes forward.”

State Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla’s ruling was posted Friday.

Futerfas said Trump’s side maintains that all money raised by the nonprofit Trump Foundation “went to charitable causes to assist those most in need.”

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said she welcomed Scarpulla’s decision. The Democrat refuted the contention of Trump’s lawyers that the lawsuit was politically motivated.

Underwood said she intends to enforce rules governing private foundations no matter who runs the foundation.

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2:25 p.m.

A New York judge is rejecting a bid by President Donald Trump’s lawyers to dismiss a state lawsuit alleging he ran his charitable foundation without regard for the law.

In a ruling posted Friday, State Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla rebuffed the Trump team’s contention that the lawsuit was politically motivated.

Scarpulla said that given the seriousness of the allegations, there’s no basis for finding that “animus and bias were the sole motivating factors” for New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s lawsuit.

Underwood alleges the Trump Foundation became a wing of Trump’s campaign. She wants him barred for 10 years from running any charities.

Scarpulla held off on ruling until a state appeals court ruled in an unrelated case that a sitting president can be sued in state court.

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