Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $750,000 to Settle D.C. Lawsuit Involving Funds Used in 2017 Trump Inauguration

Former United States President Donald Trump agreed to pay $750,000 as settlement in a case with the Washington, D.C. attorney general’s office over allegations that his business and inaugural committee improperly spent nonprofit funds.

According to an eight-page filing in D.C. Superior Court, the Trump Organization and Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) agreed to pay the settlement to resolve allegations that they misused money raised for Trump’s inauguration.

According to the filing, the PIC allegedly misused nonprofit funds by “overpaying for events at the Trump Hotel to the private benefit of the Trump Hotel and Trump Organization” and “paying for a hotel room contract at the Loews Madison Hotel.”

The D.C. city government alleged that the payments caused the PIC to “exceed or abuse its lawful authority and to act contrary to its nonprofit purposes.”

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said that the settlement money will be donated to nonpartisan nonprofit organizations Mikva Challenge DC and DC Action, which “promote civic engagement of youth in the District,” as part of the deal.

Racine filed the lawsuit in January 2020, accusing the PIC of wasting about $1 million at the Trump International Hotel, including for a private party for Trump’s children.

In response to the settlement announcement, Trump said they reached the settlement “with absolutely no admission of liability or guilty.”

“As crime rates are soaring in our Nation’s Capital, it is necessary that the Attorney General focus on those issues rather than a further leg of the greatest Witch-Hunt in political history,” Trump said.

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