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Donald Trump, left, stages a check presentation with an enlarged copy of a $100,000 contribution from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to Support Siouxland Soldiers during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa in January 2016, during Trump’s run for president. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit accusing Trump of illegally using his charitable foundation to pay legal settlements related to his golf clubs and to bolster his presidential campaign with foundation disbursements such as this one in Iowa. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The stakes of Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation could escalate, in the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s confirmation that a criminal investigation is underway.

Cuomo’s announcement, which clarified a previous statement from his top lawyer that left many scratching their heads, may be bad news for Trump and his children, who ran the foundation, but it could be good news for Underwood if she decides to pursue criminal charges.

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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