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Trump Corporation broke the law by doing legal work for President Trump’s 2020 campaign, complaint charges

One of President Trump’s namesake companies has repeatedly broken New York state law over the past two years by serving as a de facto law firm for the President’s reelection campaign, according to a new complaint filed with the state attorney general’s office.

The complaint, which was submitted Thursday by watchdog attorney Whitfield Larrabee and obtained by the Daily News, calls on AG Letitia James to open an investigation into legal bills paid by the President’s campaign.

Federal Election Commission filings show the Trump 2020 campaign paid the Trump Corporation $178,300 for “legal consulting” between June 2017 and August 2018.

In June 2017 alone, the campaign dished out $89,651 on such consulting services, according to the filings.

Similar payments were issued to the corporation every other month going forward, according to the records.

Corporations are prohibited by state statutes from practicing law, and Larrabee, who lives in Massachusetts, argues the FEC filings lay out a credible case of wrongdoing on the Trump Corporation’s part.

The nature of the consulting work was not clear from the filings, but Larrabee charged they speak for themselves.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan 25, 2019, in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan 25, 2019, in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

“Trump’s using his run for the election to enrich his own family. That’s a huge ethical issue,” Larrabee told The News. “But, as a lawyer, I’m going to focus for sure on whether someone is breaking the law and this appears to be a straightforward case.”

A spokeswoman for the AG’s office did not return a request for comment.

Spokespeople for the Trump campaign and the Trump Corporation did not respond to emailed questions.

Larrabee charged the campaign is equally as liable as the corporation, as it “engaged in or assisted the illegal practice of law.”

The Bay State lawyer also speculated there could be federal election law violations at play.

He said the campaign cash used by Trump’s reelection bid to cover legal expenses could have been “misappropriated,” comparing it to the case of Duncan Hunter — the GOP congressman from California who was charged with campaign finance crimes last year for allegedly using political donations to cover personal expenses.

source: NYD

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