BRAND-NEW YORK (AP)– Federal prosecutors in New york city issued a subpoena Monday seeking documents from Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, furthering a federal query into a fund that has dealt with mounting scrutiny into how it raised and invested its cash.
Inaugural committee spokesperson Kristin Celauro informed The Associated Press that the committee had actually received the subpoena and was still reviewing it.
” It is our intention to work together with the inquiry,” she stated.
A second representative, Owen Blicksilver, decreased to respond to concerns about which documents prosecutors requested. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, which released the subpoena, decreased to comment.
The examination is the current in a series of criminal inquiries into Trump’s campaign and presidency. Unique counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president blocked the examination. In a separate case in New york city, prosecutors say Trump directed his individual legal representative Michael Cohen to make unlawful hush-money payments to two females as a method to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign.
The Wall Street Journal, mentioning a copy of the subpoena, reported that district attorneys requested “all files” related to the committee’s donors and vendors, in addition to records connecting to “benefits” donors received after making contributions.
The paper reported late in 2015 that federal prosecutors are investigating whether committee donors made contributions in exchange for political favors– a possible infraction of federal corruption laws. It said the questions likewise was concentrated on whether the inauguration wasted the $107 million it raised to stage occasions commemorating Trump’s inauguration.
The subpoena likewise asked for documents relating to donations “made by or on behalf of foreign nationals, consisting of but not limited to any interactions concerning or relating to the possibility of contributions by foreign nationals,” the Journal reported.
The New york city Times reported late in 2015 that federal prosecutors are examining whether anyone from Qatar, Saudi Arabia or other Middle Eastern countries made prohibited payments to the committee and a pro-Trump super political action committee. Foreign contributions to inaugural funds and PACs are restricted under federal law.
The head of the inaugural committee, Tom Barrack, validated to The Associated Press that he was questioned by Mueller in2017 He informed the AP he was not a target of the Mueller examination.