Trump Inaugural Committee Gets Third Subpoena

Trump Inaugural Committee Gets Third Subpoena

12:17 25.06.2019

The Washington, DC Attorney General has subpoenaed documents from the Trump Inaugural Committee, making it the third government entity to demand information about how the committee raised and spent a record $107 million.

New York Times:

The latest subpoena follows similar demands for documents by federal prosecutors in Manhattanand by New Jersey’s attorney general. It cites a civil statute that governs the operation of nonprofit organizations like the inaugural committee.

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Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally contributed to events using Americans as straw donors, a possible violation of criminal law. New Jersey authorities appear to be examining whether the committee obeyed civil statutes governing how nonprofit organizations raise funds, among other matters.

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According to a copy of the subpoena obtained by The New York Times, investigators are seeking to determine whether funds “were wasted, mismanaged and/or improperly provided private benefit, causing the committee to exceed or abuse its authority or act contrary to its nonprofit purpose.”

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The subpoena requests documents identifying what role three of Mr. Trump’s adult children — Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump — played on the committee. None of them had any official role in running the committee, which was overseen by Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire and friend of Mr. Trump.

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The subpoena seeks records of any payments to any committee official or official’s business, any agreements with a vendor in which a committee official had a financial interest and the committee’s conflict of interest policies.

Wall Street Journal:

“The Presidential Inauguration Committee is in receipt of the subpoena issued by the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and is in contact with staff regarding this inquiry,” a spokesman for the committee said.