Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Trump Inaugural Committee, Source Says


Prosecutors are investigating a laundry list of crimes, including conspiracy against the USA, making false statements, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, disclosure violations, straw-donor violations, and illegal foreign donations.

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

A wide-ranging subpoena served on the inaugural committee Monday seeks an array of documents, including all information related to inaugural donors, vendors, contractors, bank accounts of the inaugural committee and any information related to foreign contributors to the committee, according to a copy reviewed by The Washington Post. Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg and the president's former attorney and personal "fixer" Michael Cohen are both believed to be cooperating with prosecutors in the Southern District office.

The subpoena, first reported by ABC News, suggests that beyond special counsel Robert Mueller there is continued scrutiny of people connected to President Donald Trump, though there is no indication the matter relates to Trump directly.

A spokesperson for the Southern District of NY didn't immediately have comment.

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A spokeswoman for the committee told The Associated Press that committee had received the subpoena and was still reviewing it, adding 'it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry'. While in theory he has the authority to fire Mueller - who works for the Justice Department and therefore the executive branch - he has no clear way to shut down a US attorney's investigation.

"If, in fact, he is named in this subpoena - never mind somehow named alone - he is bewildered why", his spokesman told TPM. The committee raised a record $107 million from donors.

The White House said Tuesday that a new corruption investigation into President Donald Trump's inauguration has nothing to do with Trump himself.

The subpoena lists only two specific names: Imaad Zuberi and his investment firm, Avenue Ventures LLC. No money can be accepted from foreign nationals because of Federal Election Commission rules.

Zuberi has been a prolific political donor, largely to Democrats, including President Barack Obama and Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. Most recently, political consultant Roger Stone was arrested in a pre-dawn Federal Bureau of Investigation raid and charged - among other issues - with making false statements to Congress.