President Donald Trump's lawsuits stemming from activity by his inauguration committee are heading to trial, a judge decided Monday.
CNN.com reported that Judge Jose Lopez dismissed attempts to name the Trump Organization as a co-defendant, but ruled that the lawsuit against the Trump Inauguration Committee was moving forward.
In a statement, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine noted, "Our lawsuit is moving forward and going to trial. The Inaugural Committee misspent more than $1 million in nonprofit funds to unlawfully benefit private interests. We cannot allow those in power to get away with using money to illegally enrich themselves and their families."
He said that he will continue his efforts to depose Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who was indicted over the summer on tax fraud by the Manhattan district attorney's office. Weisselberg has pleaded not guilty.
In his statement, Judge Lopez had his own questions that he says deserve to be answered.
"Did higher ranking Trump family officials have the ability to control the workings of the PIC [Presidential Inaugural Committee]," Lopez wrote. "Did members of the PIC ignore internal recommendations to pay the Trump Hotel for services that could have been offered for free? If so, did they make those payments for strategic reasons, or for other purposes?"
Racine alleges that the Committee even paid for event space on days where they weren't using the space.