Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Inauguration Committee Under Criminal Probe

Trump Inauguration Committee Under Criminal Probe

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating whether US President Donald Trump's inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107m it raised from donors, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing people it said were familiar with the matter. Moreover, the inauguration's accounting was provided both to the Federal Election Commission and the IRS in compliance with all laws and regulations.

The daily said that "giving money in exchange of political favours could run afoul of federal corruption laws". "Diverting funds from the organization, which was registered as a nonprofit, could also violate federal law".

"The president was focused on the transition and building out a new government and preparing to take office".

The reported investigation arose in part from documents that federal prosecutors seized in April when it raided the home of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Wolkoff's firm received $25.8 million for its services, with Wolkoff retaining $1.6 million of that sum for herself, the New York Times reported.

She was an unpaid adviser to the first lady.

According to the committee's tax filings, Wolkoff's WIS Media Partners was formed 45 days before the inauguration and got paid the most of any vendor for its work.

Attendees line the Mall as they watch ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump on Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Trump's inauguration committee is reportedly now under investigation.

Supporters said the president's inauguration was so costly because no one expected him to win so all the planning was done at the last minute.

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According to the Journal, the development "represents another potential legal threat to people who are or were in Mr. Trump's orbit" and that "many of the president's biggest campaign backers were involved in the inaugural fund".

According to an attorney "close to the matter" who was contacted by the Journal, the inaugural committee itself hasn't been asked to supply records or otherwise been approached by prosecutors as of yet.

Committee head Thomas Barrack Jr. has said that an external audit of the committee's finances was performed, according to the WSJ, but that audit has not been made available.

Gates has met with prosecutors from the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office and the special counsel's office.

Mueller is also probing whether any foreign cash flowed to the inaugural fund, which is prohibited from accepting foreign funds.

There have been other reports that prosecutors were interested in individuals with Russian ties attending Trump's inauguration.

On Wednesday, Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress about Trump's past business dealings in Russian Federation.

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