President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and the Trump Foundation requested that a lawsuit filed by New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood accusing the company of “self-dealing” to be dismissed.
Reuters reported that the Trumps entered a court filing Thursday claiming the lawsuit was politically motivated and contains factual and legal errors.
“Relief is sought based on the NYAG’s appearance of partiality; its overwhelming conflict of interest; and its resulting unwillingness to resolve this matter without litigation,” Alan Futerfas, the foundation’s lawyer, wrote.
Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for Underwood, responded, saying, “As our lawsuit detailed, the Trump Foundation functioned as a personal piggy bank to serve Trump’s business and political interests. We won’t back down from holding President Trump and his associates accountable for their flagrant violations of New York law.”
This is not the only conflict of interest claim the Trump family is facing.
Critics have said Trump is profiting off the presidency through his Washington, D.C. hotel, where they say foreign diplomats stay to curry favor.
He’s also attracted questions as to whether his frequent trips to Trump properties represents a conflict of interest. The Secret Service alone has reportedly spent millions of dollars at Trump properties since Trump’s inauguration.