Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve after lawsuit alleged ‘illegal conduct’

The Donald J. Trump Foundation agreed to dissolve “under judicial supervision” on Tuesday, as part of the New York State attorney general’s lawsuit against it alleging illegal conduct and “unlawful political coordination” to benefit President Trump's personal and business interests. Attorney General Barbara Underwood brought the suit against the Foundation in June, following a months-long … Continue reading “Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve after lawsuit alleged ‘illegal conduct’”

The Donald J. Trump Foundation agreed to dissolve “under judicial supervision” on Tuesday, as part of the New York State attorney general’s lawsuit against it alleging illegal conduct and “unlawful political coordination” to benefit President Trump's personal and business interests.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood brought the suit against the Foundation in June, following a months-long investigation led by disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

On Tuesday, Underwood announced that, following a court decision in favor of the attorney general, the Foundation “signed a stipulation” agreeing to dissolve, distributing the remaining charitable assets of the Foundation “to reputable organizations approved” by her office.

“Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation – including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more,” Underwood said in a statement Tuesday. “This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.”


She added: “This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone. We’ll continue to move our suit forward to ensure that the Trump Foundation and its directors are held to account for their clear and repeated violations of federal and state law.”

The suit claims that Trump used the foundation’s charitable assets to pay off his legal obligations, promote Trump brand hotels and business, and to purchase personal items. The suit also claims that the foundation “illegally provided extensive support to his 2016 presidential campaign by using the Trump Foundation’s name and funds it raised from the public to promote his campaign for presidency.”

The suit seeks to ban President Trump from future service as a director of a New York non-profit for 10 years, and ban his sons Eric and Donald Jr., and daughter Ivanka from service for one year.

In a statement to Fox News, Trump Organization attorney Alan Futerfas said the foundation has been looking to shut down since Trump was elected to office.

“Contrary to the NYAG’s misleading statement issued earlier today, the Foundation has been seeking to dissolve and distribute its remaining assets to worthwhile charitable causes since Donald J. Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential election," Futerfas said in a statement to Fox News. "Unfortunately, the NYAG sought to prevent dissolution for almost two years, thereby depriving those most in need of nearly $1.7 million. Over the past decade, the Foundation is proud to have distributed approximately $19 million, including $8.25 million of the President’s personal money, to over 700 different charitable organizations with virtually zero expenses. The NYAG’s inaccurate statement of this morning is a further attempt to politicize this matter.”


Underwood took over the investigation into the organization in May, after Schneiderman stepped down following the publication of a damning report by The New Yorker, detailing four women’s claims that he had repeatedly hit them, threatened them and demeaned them. The graphic accusations included choking a former girlfriend and demanding another, who was born in Sri Lanka and whom Schneiderman reportedly referred to as his “brown slave,” call him “Master.”

The Manhattan District Attorney opened an investigation into Schneiderman following the explosive report that prompted his stunning fall from grace.

Fox News' Kristin Brown and Lissa Kaplan contributed to this report. 

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.

HQ Trivia, Vine co-founder Colin Kroll dead at 34

Colin Kroll, the co-founder of the popular "HQ Trivia" game and the "Vine" video app, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday.

Kroll's girlfriend asked the New York Police Department to check up on the 34-year-old after she failed to get in touch with the tech executive, according to TMZ. Officers found him unconscious and unresponsive on his bed.

Inside the booming business of HQ Trivia

His body reportedly was found with "drug paraphernalia" in his downtown Manhattan apartment. The medical examiner's office was working to determine the cause of death.

In recent years, Kroll was named the CEO of HQ. The game live-streams short trivia contests and quickly became popular after it was released in 2017.

Company staffers confirmed Kroll's passing on Twitter Sunday, writing that their "thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time."

Kroll also co-founded Vine, a now-defunct app that allowed users to create, post and share six-second videos. His LinkedIn profile also stated he worked at Twitter and Yahoo.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jogger Karina Vetrano’s suspected killer complains about lewd Riker’s Island inmates, guards

The suspect in the murder of Karina Vetrano, a woman who was sexually attacked and strangled while running near her family’s New York City home, has been triggered by what he described as lewd acts on behalf of prisoners and guards at Rikers Island, according to a report.

“Captains are trying to tell inmates to beat me up,” Chanel Lewis, 22, told The New York Post about corrections supervisors.


Lewis added that correction officers were instructing inmates to call him a “f—-t, the a-word and the p-word.”

Lewis told the Post that the semen of his fellow inmates — who were masturbating frequently — got into his food. He said the inmates got the semen on the hands of female correction officers who then passed him his food and water.

“Female guards hands [are a] health hazard. Food inside the hot pot is contaminated,” Lewis told the Post.


Lewis, 22, was accused of killing 30-year-old Karina Vetrano as she ran on a park trail in Howard Beach, Queens, in August 2016. Prosecutors said Vetrano had been sexually abused and strangled. Her father discovered the body.

A mistrial was declared in late November.

Prosecutors said they’ll move to retry Lewis, who is expected back in court on Jan. 20.

The closely watched case had baffled investigators, who for months were unable to find anyone who matched DNA that was found under the victim’s fingernails as she fought back. The DNA also was found on her neck and phone.


Robert Boyce, the New York Police Department's chief of detectives, said the break came after police went back through 911 calls and found one reporting a suspicious person in the area near the attack. Lewis was tested and linked to DNA found at the scene and on the victim, Boyce said.

In his taped confession, Lewis told police that he was upset with a neighbor and that when he came across Vetrano on a secluded section of a marshland park, he “just lost it.” He said he beat and strangled her but did not molest her.

“This girl jogging… and you know, one thing led to another,” he told detectives. “Hitting her and stuff like that.”

His attorneys said the confession was wrongly obtained and should not have been admissible in the trial. They said he confessed only because he wanted to go home after waiting hours in an interrogation room.


Defense attorney Robert Moeller said the case was based on circumstantial evidence. He argued that the crime scene was corrupted and that DNA evidence was suspect.

“This case is far from conclusive, and the jury’s deadlock proves this,” the Legal Aid Society, which helped provide defense for Lewis, said in a statement. “The death of Karina Vetrano is tragic and our hearts go out to her family, but the rush to criminalize our client is not the answer nor is it justice.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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3 NYPD officers among 9 people injured in East Harlem fire, officials say

Fire engulfed a five-story apartment building in New York City early Monday and left nine people, including three police officers, injured, officials said.

The blaze occurred at an East Harlem apartment in upper Manhattan. At least one of the three police officers injured in the fire suffered serious injuries, but they weren’t considered life-threatening, the New York Post reported. Seven people suffered minor injuries.

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. and was under control about 30 minutes later, according to New York's WNBC-TV reported. Responding officers were reportedly banging on doors to warn residents about the fire.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

A dozen New York City Fire Department units, comprising about 60 firefighters, responded to the blaze, the Post reported.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Statue of Liberty climber who protested Trump administration found guilty

A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty over the summer in protest of the Trump administration was found guilty Monday for the "dangerous stunt" which federal prosecutors say endangered law enforcement officers.

Therese "Patricia" Okoumou was charged with trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct following the event on July 4, to which she pleaded not guilty. Okoumou faces up to 18 months in prison.


A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who now lives in Staten Island, Okoumou was represented by Michael Avenatti.

Okoumou was protesting Trump's immigration policies on Independence Day when she climbed up to the base of Lady Liberty, roughly 25 feet above the monument's observation point, and refused to leave. The national park was shut down early as a precaution.

Patricia Okoumou walks out of federal court from her arraignment on July 5, a day after authorities say she scaled the stone pedestal of the Statue of Liberty to protest U.S. immigration policy. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

The woman was apprehended by two New York Police Department officers around four hours later. More than a dozen NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers were involved in the rescue.

Okoumou "endangered herself and the NYPD and U.S. Park Police officers who rescued and apprehended her," the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement Monday.


"The act of climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty went well beyond peaceable protest, a right we certainly respect," Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. "It was a crime that put people at grave risk."

Woman scales Statue of Liberty in anti-ICE protest

An NYPD detective at the time said Okoumou was "basically up there saying about the children in Texas." Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents earlier this year after the Trump administration announced a "zero-tolerance" policy regarding immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally.

In court on Monday, Okoumou said images from the southern border with Mexico gave her nightmares, adding that she couldn't live with the sight of "children in cages."

Before she scaled the historic monument, Okoumou joined a demonstration from activist group Rise and Resist who hung a banner that read "ABOLISH ICE" from the statue's pedestal. The group said they had no idea Okoumou planned to scale the Statue of Liberty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Subway passenger held in racial attack has history of altercations, police say

A woman arrested this week on suspicion of a racially motivated attack on a fellow New York City subway rider has a history of assaulting fellow passengers, reports said.

Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, was allegedly recorded yelling profanities, racial slurs and kicking and punching a 24-year-old Asian woman aboard the D train during Tuesday's morning rush-hour commute. Police said the alleged attack occurred after Lushchinskaya bumped into the victim.

"As I was passing her she stuck her arm out and like, side-punched me with her keys in her knuckles," the victim told Gothamist. "I stumbled, caught myself, kept walking and turned around because she was screaming at me to leave her alone. She called me a 'psycho (expletive),' and I still had my headphones on so I couldn’t completely catch what she said because I was so taken off guard."

A rider aboard the train made a citizen's arrest and detained Lushchinskaya.


“F—k off! F—k off! F–k off!” Lushchinskaya allegedly shouted to a silent woman who is standing next to her and appears to be preoccupied with her phone, one of the clips posted by Twitter user @PlatanoMan shows.

Passengers tried to intervene during the altercation. Some were heard asking her to “stop” and “chill out."

"Everybody was just looking at each other like, 'Are you sure you just heard that? Did you just hear that?,'" passenger Juan Ayala told New York's WABC-TV.

The alleged victim suffered lacerations to her face and yelled to Lushchinskaya “You’re a disgrace to all white people.”

"Coming home, I couldn't breathe," said the victim. "Every time I have to get a train, I'm really careful where I'm watching."

Tuesday's episode wasn’t Lushchinskaya’s first brush with police over altercations with fellow passengers.

She was charged in June with pepper-spraying a man, also at the 36th Street station.

"As the D train arrives in the station [Lushchinskaya] walks by the victim and discharged the substance in the victims' faces, causing burning and irritation." Lushchinskaya was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault,” a New York Police Department spokesperson told Gothamist.

Infant dies after being found ‘unresponsive’ in NYC hotel; 2 women in custody, police say

Two women are in custody after a 4-month-old baby was found unconscious and unresponsive Saturday in the lobby of a New York City hotel, police said.

The two women, ages 24 and 26, were attempting to book a room at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Midtown Manhattan in the early morning when a hotel employee noticed that the small boy who was with them wasn’t moving.

Police arrived about 1:10 a.m. and the child, Dominic Greene, was taken to an area hospital. There, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Authorities say Green showed no obvious signs of trauma but the women were practically incoherent when officers arrived. Drugs were later recovered from the scene.

Investigators say neither woman was the child’s mother; a report from the New York Daily News stated that one of the suspects was the child’s step-sister and the other was her fiancé.

The pair will likely face charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Group skinny-dip just one tale from NY’s ‘nastiest’ multimillion-dollar divorce

It was Fourth of July weekend, but the fireworks were going off inside David and Libbie Mugrabi’s $3.75 million home in Water Mill, LI.

According to a female houseguest, Libbie barged into a bedroom where the woman was packing up her belongings.

“She said, ‘I am Mrs. Mugrabi,’ ” recalled the houseguest.

“I said, ‘I know you’re Mrs. Mugrabi. I’m not trying to be Mrs. Mugrabi.’ ” Behind Libbie, her nanny stood filming the encounter.

The tension had been brewing since the night before, when Libbie, 39, and her husband, art mogul David, 47 — whose family owns a $5 billion art collection — hosted a dinner party at their 7,000-square-foot home. At the end of the evening, according to the houseguest, six individuals, including David, decided to frolic nude in the outdoor swimming pool while Libbie slept upstairs.

“It was fun. It was nothing sexual. As if we were teenagers,” said the houseguest, an art-world associate of the Mugrabis’.

“The next morning, everyone was hung over. We were saying, ‘Wow, that was crazy last night,” she continued.

“It was fun. It was nothing sexual. As if we were teenagers. The next morning, everyone was hung over. We were saying, ‘Wow, that was crazy last night.’ ”

— Houseguest of the divorcing Mugrabis

The houseguest said Libbie didn’t appear bothered by the skinny-dipping at first, but then suddenly turned on her.

“I honestly think she used me as a tool . . . to get leverage in [her] divorce,” said the houseguest. “She was like, ‘What’s your relationship [with my husband]?’ She was putting words in my mouth, and I was really scared because she started to threaten me with my job and a community of collectors I work with.”

It’s just one more incendiary story in what is now NYC’s nastiest divorce.

So far, Libbie has accused David — her husband of 14 years and father of their two children — of physically assaulting her when he caught her trying to move a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture out of their home. Meanwhile, to Libbie’s surprise, David had transferred ownership of their $72 million Upper East Side town house into an LLC controlled by his older brother, Alberto.

The Manhattan Supreme Court proceedings, which began in September, have been a circus, with Libbie screaming at one October court date that David was going to kill her. She also lugged in the 25-pound Haring sculpture, which the couple had “wrestled” over, according to a witness who also claimed David repeatedly pushed a door into Libbie.

Shockingly, for a couple said to have spent $3.5 million annually, they had no prenup in place.

Rumors of infidelity have been swirling around both husband and wife, including allegations, reported in the Jewish Voice, of David having a 26-year-old mistress.

“I think it is certainly the nastiest divorce of my group,” said one NYC socialite. “I didn’t know people like us did this.”

“I think it is certainly the nastiest divorce of my group. I didn’t know people like us did this.”

— New York City socialite

The Mugrabis’ marriage wasn’t supposed to end this way.

The two were fixed up after Libbie’s mother, who works as a nurse at SkinTight MedSpa in Manhattan, met David on a flight to Aspen. At the time, Libbie was 21 and in culinary school.

“[Libbie and David] met in Aspen and six months later they got engaged,” said a family friend. The wedding was a 600-person affair at The Pierre hotel, with arat bigwig guests including art gallerist Larry Gagosian.

“In those days, she was the sweetest, so nice,” said the socialite.

But as Libbie — who grew up in Ocean Township, NJ, with her mother, plastic-surgeon father and sister — became more comfortable in the super-moneyed world she married into, insiders say she changed.

“[David’s family] tried to take her in and . . . [make her] forget she had her own family,” said the family friend.

David’s father, Jose, who was born in Israel, made his fortune in the textile business while living in Colombia. When he moved to New York in 1982, he began buying art, amassing the largest Warhol collection in the world. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Alberto and David.

David, who now buys and sells his family’s artwork, attended Babson College in Boston before heading to Wall Street as a broker. While David is considered the more reserved of the two brothers, all the Mugrabis live well — and large. Alberto’s lavish South of France wedding in September 2016 is rumored to have cost up to $20 million, with guests including the Olsen twins, Owen Wilson and Aby Rosen. Members of the Mugrabi family have reportedly been painted by artists such as Richard Prince, whose work goes for millions.

“They were living the highest life you can imagine,” said the family friend of David and Libbie. “A lot of staff. A lot of nannies, a lot of cleaning people and chefs. Two homes, a lot of drivers and the ­[Mugrabi] family airplane.”

“They were living the highest life you can imagine. A lot of staff. A lot of nannies, a lot of cleaning people and chefs. Two homes, a lot of drivers and the ­[Mugrabi] family airplane.”

— Family friend

When the socialite learned that Libbie had employed a personal secretary, she was flabbergasted.

“What? Little Libbie who doesn’t even know her way around Bergdorf’s? I think [David] created a monster,” she said.

During an Oct. 9 court appearance, ­David’s lawyer claimed that Libbie spent “$6,000 to $7,000 for a personal trainer” during her last vacation.

“Libbie is a big fashionista,” the family friend said. “He didn’t like paying for that.”

According to the family friend, David ran a tight ship when it came to finances — and familial matters.

“He controls everything,” said the family friend, claiming that Libbie’s own mother was instructed to make an appointment to visit the couple and their children, 11 and 9, at the three-bedroom Upper East Side condo they lived in while the townhouse underwent renovations.

“It was David’s rule,” said the family friend. “He set these boundaries.” (David did not return requests for comment. )

Libbie apparently was blindsided when she learned that David had cut her out of the ownership of the townhouse, which they purchased together in 2013 for $15 million — and which they spent a whopping $57 million renovating.

In August, the judge declared that David cannot be blocked from selling the lavish townhouse, or 50 works of art, because they are owned by LLCs.

Libbie retaliated, filing a lawsuit against David, the Mugrabi Family Trust and Alberto earlier this month arguing that her husband surreptitiously gave his brother sole ownership of the townhouse’s LLC as a “fraudulent scheme to deprive her of her marital interest in the home,” according to the lawsuit.

“She had no idea,” said the family friend. “She was fixing the house up for five years, every day, working on that townhouse. It was just a sneaky maneuver. That was her home.”

Libbie’s world as she knew it began to fall apart on July 10.

She was dining at Bilboquet on the Upper East Side with her sister, Mia Rowe, and friend Lauren Amar when she received a call mid-meal from someone at her Hamptons house.

“[Libbie] said, ‘What do you mean everything’s gone?’ and she started to grab her things and she kept saying, ‘I don’t understand, I don’t understand,’ ” Amar testified in court.

“We asked if everything was okay and she said, ‘No,’ and proceeded to say that all of her artwork was gone, and she left,” said Amar.

The previous morning, David had arranged for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art to be removed from their Hamptons house when Libbie was off the premises.

After Libbie fled Bilboquet, Amar and Rowe followed her to her Upper East Side apartment where they found their friend sprawled on a couch in her dressing room, crying.

“This is real; this divorce is clearly happening,” Amar recalled her saying. “I don’t know how I’m going to support myself or pay an attorney. He’s taken everything out of the house.”

According to Amar, Libbie collected valuable items from around the apartment, including a Basquiat plate she and David received as a wedding gift, jewelry and the Keith Haring sculpture, which Rowe advised her to snatch.

“She should take what’s hers,” Rowe said on the stand.

When David returned home, he and Libbie ended up wrestling over the Haring sculpture, Amar testified.

David shouted: “You’re taking my things!” Libbie was pushed to the floor and yelled for Rowe to call 911, according to the testimony.

Amar said David shoved his estranged wife out of the apartment. Once Libbie, Amar and Rowe were in the hallway, David opened the door twice and called the women “lowlifes” and “gold diggers.”

Some sources say Libbie is distraught by the separation. During visiting weekend at her children’s two camps in Maine, she was moaning to her well-heeled friends about the divorce.

“She told anyone who listened about it,” said the socialite.

Despite her heartache, insiders said Libbie has been seen around town with advertising executive and television personality Donny Deutsch.

Libbie denied the relationship is, or was, romantic.

“We’re friends, at best. We’re not even friends,” she told The Post. “I’ve never had an affair on my husband. I don’t believe in adultery. I’m a religious Jew.”

A rep for Deutsch told The Post: “Mr. Deutsch has been friends with Ms. Mugrabi for a long time. They’ve never had any other kind of relationship.”

According to the family friend, “It’s a friendship. [Libbie and Deutsch] never had sex and that is it. And they never had an affair, although David Mugrabi would like to think they did.”

The houseguest, for one, believes the stresses of the divorce are wearing Libbie down. “I think she’s totally f–king crazy at this point,” said the houseguest. “I know the divorce is probably hitting her hard, but the way she’s acting at this point is unbelievable.”

In August, Page Six reported that the judge ordered David to pony up $25,000 a monthin spousal support to Libbie — a downgrade from the $3.5 million-a-year lifestyle she claimed to be accustomed to in court papers.

Friends of the couple just want to see the duo hash things out, quickly and quietly. “I’d tell both of them to get this thing over with as soon as possible,” said attorney Perry Weitz, a friend of the estranged couple.

“David is sick about it also. He’s absolutely sick about it. He’s sick about everything about it. What it’s doing to the kids, what it’s doing to them. He’s going to see her the rest of his life, he wants to have a nice relationship with her.”

Additional reporting by Julia Marsh

Man, 45, pledges frat, claims he was paddled 200 times

Now that’s “Old School!”

A middle-aged Brooklyn man told cops he paid a painful price for pledging a fraternity at the ripe old age of 45 — by getting whacked on the backside hundreds of times with a wooden paddle, police sources said Friday.

Tory Gates, 45, said he was drinking “heavily” inside a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone on Dec. 7 when the Omega Psi Phi brothers blindfolded him, whipped out a wooden paddle and told him to bend over, according to police sources.

That’s when they went more medieval than Greek on his heinie, whacking it up to 200 times with the paddle and their open hands, according to the sources.

The “Old School” meets “Animal House” booty lashing was part of a bizarre hazing ritual, Gates told cops.

He was so bruised up by the agonizing bashing that he checked himself into Mount Sinai Hospital — and called the cops on his would-be frat bros.

On Friday, the apartment where the alleged paddling went down on Marion Street was boarded up and had a chained-off gate.

A sticker with the phrase “We Black Men Care” was slapped on a door of the home.

Gates’ neighbors — who were stunned that he would go Greek so late in life — said he has two teenage kids.

“A hazing incident? Do you know how old he is?” said one neighbor, who asked not to be named.

“Maybe it’s about nostalgia or something. He’s a strong guy, physically, so I’m not sure what that is all about.”

It wasn’t immediately clear why the victim was pledging or whether the group was linked to a specific college.

There was no university affiliation listed in the police report, according to cops.

And reps from the Clinton Hill-based Brooklyn chapter of Omega Psi Phi didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Police said they were having trouble getting in touch with the victim Friday.

The victim had failed to answer his phone when police called Friday, a police source said.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.

Straphanger makes citizen’s arrest after hell breaks loose on subway

A subway rider in New York made a citizen’s arrest of a violent straphanger who repeatedly kicked a passenger on a Brooklyn train and hurled a racial slur at the woman.

Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, was charged with felony assault following the wild Tuesday morning incident around 8 a.m. aboard the train in Sunset Park, the NYPD said.

In two videos posted to Twitter by another rider — who appeared to detain Lushchinskaya on the 36th Street station platform until the cops showed up — the suspect can be seen unleashing the attack.

“F—k off! F—k off! F–k off!” Lushchinskaya shouts to a silent woman who is standing next to her and appears to be preoccupied with her phone, one of the clips posted by Twitter user @PlatanoMan shows.

Lushchinskaya appears to hit the woman’s hand.

The maniacal, blonde-haired woman is then seen taking off her sunglasses, putting her hair up in a ponytail, and pulling an umbrella out of her bag.

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