New York Prosecutors Subpoena Trump’s Inaugural Committee

Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Hispanic pastors at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Jan. 25 2019

Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Hispanic pastors at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Jan. 25 2019

ABC News reported Monday that prosecutors in the Southern District of New York's political corruption section have subpoenaed documents from Trump's inaugural committee, which raised a record-breaking $107 million.

The Wall Street Journal reported in December that federal prosecutors were investigating whether the inaugural committee misspent some of the record 107 million USA dollars it had raised from donors.

Federal prosecutors also want information about donations made directly to vendors and communications discussing that possibility. Federal election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating money to an inaugural committee. The newspaper said the inquiry also was focused on whether the inauguration misspent money it raised to stage inaugural events.

The subpoena appears to escalate SDNY's ongoing investigation into crimes committed by Trump's inauguration committee, said CNN.

The subpoena was issued by New York's Southern District.

The head of the inaugural committee, Tom Barrack, confirmed to The Associated Press that he was questioned by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, in 2017.

President Trump's inaugural committee has received a subpoena from Justice Department investigators.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe may be winding down - but Monday's news reveals that federal investigations are actually expanding to include other parts of the president's life.

"We have just received a subpoena for documents". As part of a plea deal, Patten acknowledged that he steered an illegal foreign donation to Trump's inaugural committee, using an American straw donor. The subpoena also seeks documents related to his company.

The subpoena issued Monday does not mention Barrack or any members of the inaugural committee by name.

The firm allegedly donated around $900,000 to the ceremony, the Washington Post revealedin separate reporting on the matter. In December 2016, Zuberi visited Trump Tower in NY with incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who along with former Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon was scheduled to meet with a delegation from Qatar.

All told, Zuberi and his wife Asifa have given more than $2.2 million to federal candidates and groups since 2004, with a majority of it - $1.5 million - going to Democratic causes, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

"I've always thought that what the Southern District of NY was doing was if not more interesting, at least more threatening to the president", Rosenberg said.

"I think he has constitutional defenses to the investigation being conducted by Mueller", Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told "This Week" in August.

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