Trump lawyers: Low ratings prove charity not political tool

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers are citing low TV ratings for a veterans fundraiser as proof he wasn’t out to use his charity to boost his White House bid.

Trump’s lawyers argue in court papers filed this week that he suffered a “significant media coverage deficit” by holding the event at the same time as a January 2016 Republican presidential debate.

The debate got about six times as many viewers.

Trump’s lawyers are asking a judge to dismiss a New York attorney general’s lawsuit alleging he ran his charitable foundation without regard for the law.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood argues the Trump Foundation became a wing of his campaign. She wants Trump barred for 10 years from running any charities.

Trump’s lawyers say the lawsuit is politically motivated.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.

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