Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

Federal prosecutors intend to subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says

The New York Times also reported in December that federal prosecutors were looking into whether foreign nationals had funneled potentially illegal donations to both the inaugural fund and a pro-Trump super PAC in efforts to buy "influence over American policy".

The investigation is yet another legal threat surrounding the president as he prepares for the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

On Monday, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY subpoenaed President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, demanding a sweeping cache of legal and accounting documents on donors, vendors and finances, as part of a deepening criminal investigation.

Prosecutors also showed interest in whether any foreigners illegally donated to the committee, according to the New York Times.

A spokesperson for the Southern District of NY didn't immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

She did not say which documents prosecutors requested.

On Monday, reports surfaced that prosecutors in the Southern District of NY subpoenaed documents from the president's inaugural committee. "While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry".

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The inaugural committee was overseen by Trump's close friend Thomas Barrack, the founder of Colony Capital.

Federal prosecutors in NY issued the wide-ranging subpoena Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent $107 million on events celebrating Trump's 2017 inauguration. Federal investigators are reportedly looking into whether the committee took contributions from foreign nationals, which is prohibited under federal law.

But reports indicate that the probe is focusing on the committee's relationship with Los Angeles-based venture capitalist Imaad Zuberi. Barrack isn't named in the subpoena.

The finance operations for the inaugural committee were largely directed by Rick Gates, the longtime business partner of Paul Manafort who pleaded guilty as part of a cooperation agreement with the special counsel.

Trump's lavish inauguration raised a record $107 million, and has been the focus of scrutiny before.

It's unclear why prosecutors are seeking all communications between the committee and Zuberi, whose firm Avenue Ventures contributed $900,000 to the Trump inaugural committee. The fundraising figure was more than twice as much as that for former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

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