Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says
Federal prosecutors in New York on Monday subpoenaed President Donald Trump‘s inaugural committee for documents related to donors, vendors and finances, according to a copy of the subpoena reviewed by CNN, a step that appears to escalate that office’s ongoing investigation of the committee’s activity.
The wide-ranging subpoena from the Manhattan US attorney’s office 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.
It discloses that prosecutors are investigating a litany of potential crimes: 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.
It demands documents related to any “benefits” offered to donors, including “tickets, photo opportunities, and/or small group receptions.” It also requires the committee to turn over information about donations made directly to vendors, as well as communications discussing that possibility.
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.