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President Trump’s inaugural committee on Monday received a subpoena for documents from the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, which last year opened a criminal investigation into how the fund raised and spent more than $100 million on 2017 inauguration festivities, according to people familiar with the matter. The subpoena requests documents related to the committee’s donors and spending, according to a copy viewed by The Wall Street Journal, including communications about payments made directly by donors to vendors—which would flout disclosure rules. Federal prosecutors are also seeking documents related to a Los Angeles financier who gave $900,000 to the committee through his private-equity firm and once registered as a foreign agent working on behalf of the Sri Lankan government.
The subpoena doesn’t mention Thomas Barrack Jr., a real-estate developer and longtime friend of Mr. Trump who led the inaugural committee, according to the copy viewed by the Journal. There is no sign Mr. Barrack is under investigation.
The subpoena broadly asks for all documents related to the committee’s donors and vendors, including documents related to the Federal Election Commission filings in which the committee disclosed its donations. It also seeks records related to any “benefits” such as tickets, photo opportunities or receptions that donors received in exchange for their contributions.
The subpoena requests documents related to communications with Imaad Zuberi, a Los Angeles-based financier, and Avenue Ventures LLC, which is described on Mr. Zuberi’s LinkedIn page as a private-equity and venture-capital firm, of which he is vice chairman. Mr. Zuberi in December 2016 donated $900,000 to the Trump inaugural committee through Avenue Ventures, according to FEC records.
The inaugural committee has publicly identified vendors accounting for $61 million of the $103 million it spent, and it hasn’t provided details on those expenses, according to tax filings. As a nonprofit organization, the fund is only required to make public its top five vendors. The committee raised more than double what Mr. Obama’s first inaugural fund reported raising in 2009, the previous record. Mr. Trump’s funds came largely from wealthy donors and corporations who gave $1 million or more—including casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, AT&T Inc. and Boeing Co. , according to FEC filings. There is no sign that those three donors are under investigation. The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office investigation partly arose out of materials seized in the April raids of Mr. Cohen’s home, office and hotel room, in which Federal Bureau of Investigation agents obtained a recorded conversation between Mr. Cohen and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to Melania Trump who worked on the inaugural events. In the recording, Ms. Wolkoff—an adviser to the inaugural whose firm was the top-paid vendor—expressed concern about how the inaugural committee was spending money, according to a person familiar with the Cohen investigation. The Journal couldn’t determine when the conversation between Mr. Cohen and Ms. Wolkoff took place, or why it was recorded. The recording is now in the hands of federal prosecutors in Manhattan, a person familiar with the matter said.
If this is a witch hunt, Muller found Hogwarts.
originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff
Its just a never ending parade of nonsense, the need to keep the outrage and hope of impeachment alive.
What I really dont understand is how those attacking Trump, including the media can keep getting away with it?
Surely the perpetually outraged and other sufferers of TDS would take a look back every now and then and realise the thing they were outraged about a year ago, a month ago or even a week ago has all been cowfeaces, all of it.
Muller, over 200 criminal counts. Over 37 people/businesses indicted. 4 going to or have been in prison.
originally posted by: oldcarpy
we have a similar situation on the UK - we had a referendum on the EU and we voted to leave.
Will the Remainers respect that vote? No they will not - still whining on about having a second referendum. I wish people would just accept what living in a democracy means and just got on with life. Ho, hum.