Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Prosecutors subpoena documents from Trump's inaugural committee

Prosecutors subpoena documents from Trump's inaugural committee

In the recording, Ms. Wolkoff expressed concern about how the inaugural committee was spending money, according to a person familiar with the Cohen investigation.

Federal prosecutors have sent a subpoena to the inauguration committee for President Donald Trump for financial records and other information, according to a report from the New York Times.

"We have just received a subpoena for documents".

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan declined to comment to Reuters.

The source said it appears that one area of interest for Southern District of NY investigators is whether donors paid vendors directly for anything related to the inauguration.

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A committee spokesman told the Times the organization is still reviewing the subpoena but plans to cooperate with the investigation, which prosecutors opened past year amid scrutiny over the committee.

At the time of the Journal's report, the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office was in the beginning stages determining whether some of the committee's most prominent donors made substantial contributions "in exchange for access to the incoming Trump administration, policy concessions or to influence official administration positions". During the trial of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, inaugural committee deputy chairman Rick Gates said that he may have stolen money from the committee. Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.

A spokeswoman has confirmed the request and said the committee intends to cooperate with the investigation, several outlets reported.

The head of the inaugural committee, California real estate investor Tom Barrack, previously told The Associated Press he was questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in 2017. Federal prosecutors in NY have issued a subpoena seeking documents from Trump's inaugural committee. Barrack told the AP he was not a target of the Mueller investigation, which has been looking into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

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