Ex-US President Trump agrees to pay $750,000 to settle lawsuit with D.C.

Ex-US President Trump agrees to pay $750,000 to settle lawsuit with D.C.

The District of Columbia (D.C.) and former President Donald Trump reached settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit the city brought against his business and inaugural committee that accused them of improperly spending nonprofit funds.

The eight-page filing in D.C.'s Superior Court says Trump has agreed to pay the city government $750,000.

The city government alleged that Trump's presidential inaugural committee misused 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 settlement agreement said. It said the payments caused the committee to "exceed or abuse its lawful authority."

The settlement said that Trump and the parties involved "dispute these allegations on numerous grounds and deny having engaged in any wrongdoing or unlawful conduct."

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine tweeted that the city is donating the $750,000 to "local nonprofits educating youth about democracy and civics." The court filing said the money will be split evenly between the Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation and DC Action.

"We’re resolving our lawsuit and sending the message that if you violate D.C. nonprofit law no matter how powerful you are you’ll pay," he said.

The city filed the lawsuit more than two years earlier, in January 2020. Racine said at the time that the inaugural committee spent more than $1 million at the Trump International Hotel, including for a private party for Trump's children. The attorney general said in the lawsuit that D.C. law "requires nonprofits to use their funds for their stated public purpose, not to benefit private individuals or companies."

Trump said in a statement in response to the settlement announcement, "Given the impending sale of the Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C., and with absolutely no admission of liability or guilt, we have reached a settlement to end all litigation with Democrat Attorney General Racine."

"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. "This was yet another example of weaponizing Law Enforcement against the Republican Party and, in particular, the former President of the United States. So bad for our Country!"

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