Share

DC attorney general subpoenas Trump's inaugural committee

Share

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has received a subpoena from the attorney general for the District of Columbia, the third request it has received from prosecutors for financial records over the past month.

The subpoena, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, seeks documents showing whether any committee officers benefited from the group’s spending. It also seeks records involving any payments the committee made to the Trump Organization and the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which hosted some of the inaugural events.

A spokesman for the inaugural committee said late Wednesday that committee officials are in contact with investigators. The committee has maintained that its finances were independently audited, and that all funds were spent in accordance with the law.

A spokesman for the D.C. Attorney General’s Office did not return a message seeking comment.

The committee raised $107 million to host events celebrating Trump’s inauguration in January 2017— an unprecedented amount of money raised by an inaugural committee. But its spending has drawn mounting scrutiny in recent months.

Trending:
Anonymous Donor Steps Forward to Ensure Uvalde Families Won't 'Have to Worry About a Single Cost'

The inaugural committee has received two similar subpoenas from federal prosecutors in New York and state authorities in New Jersey, who are investigating, among other things, whether foreigners illegally contributed to the inaugural events. Among other materials, the New York prosecutors asked for documents related to any payments made by donors directly to contractors and vendors who worked for the committee.

The latest subpoena says the D.C. attorney general is investigating “whether the committee’s expenditures of its nonprofit funds were wasteful, mismanaged and/or improperly provided private benefit.”

The document names three of Trump’s children — Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. — and seeks documents “sufficient to identify” any role they held with the committee.

It also seeks any documents “concerning agreements between the committee and any business in which a committee director, officer, chairman or deputy chairman had a financial interest.”

__

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed to this report from Washington.

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
Share
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands.
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
Location
New York City




Conversation