Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating millions of dollars in donations to President Trump’s inauguration that came from donors with connections to foreign entities, ABC News reported Friday.
Sources told ABC News that Mueller’s team has questioned several inauguration donors with personal or business connections to Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, including Trump’s longtime friend and business associate Thomas Barrack, the person who oversaw the inauguration fundraising efforts.
Barrack, who operates a fund with hundreds of millions in real estate and other holdings in the Middle East, brought in more than $106.7 million for Trump’s inauguration.
“According to a source who has sat with the Mueller team for interviews in recent weeks, the special counsel is examining donors who have either business or personal connections in Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar,” the report reads. “Several donors with those ties contributed large sums to the non-profit fundraising entity – gifts that topped out at $1 million dollars, according to public records.”
The report also noted that Mueller’s team has asked witnesses questions about individual donors, “including American businessmen Leonard Blavatnik and Andrew Intrater.”