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Prosecutors Investigating Trump Inauguration Committee For Money Laundering, Wire Fraud, False Statements: Federal Subpoena

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Prosecutors Investigating Trump Inauguration Committee For Money Laundering, Wire Fraud, False Statements: Federal Subpoena




Federal prosecutors in New York on Monday subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee for all documents related to donors, vendors and finances, according to a copy of the subpoena reviewed by CNN.

CNN reports that the wide-ranging subpoena requires the committee to turn over documents related “to virtually every donor or donation, attendee at a committee event, piece of paperwork related to the legal requirements attached to donations and even ‘the possibility of’ donations made by foreign nationals.”

The subpoena reveals that prosecutors are investigating the committee for a range of crimes, including “conspiracy against the US, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, inaugural committee disclosure violations, and violations of laws prohibiting contributions by foreign nations and contributions in the name of another person, also known as straw donors,” according to the report.


It also demands documents related to any “benefits” offered to donors, including “tickets, photo opportunities, and/or small group receptions.”

It requires the inaugural committee to turn over information about donations made directly to vendors, as well as communications discussing that possibility.

CNN reports:

Federal prosecutors’ investigation into the committee involves possible financial abuses related to the more than $100 million in donations raised for Trump’s inauguration, CNN has reported. The prosecutor listed on the subpoena, Tom McKay, is a member of the office’s public-corruption unit and was one of the lead prosecutors on the office’s case against Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

The broad demand for documents suggests that Trump and entities connected to him may face continued scrutiny by federal prosecutors, particularly in New York, even if special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe winds down. ABC News first reported that the US attorney’s office was prepared to issue a subpoena to the committee.

A spokesperson for the committee said Monday: “We have just received a subpoena for documents. While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry.”





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