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Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: February 04, 2019 09:05PM
Southern District swings into action. (I'm sure there is similar stuff going on at the NY State Attorney General level as well...you know, the non-pardon level)

Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
[www.nytimes.com]

President Trump’s inaugural committee was ordered on Monday to turn over documents about its donors, finances and activities to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, according to two people familiar with the investigation into the committee’s activities.

Prosecutors are seeking documents related to all of the committee’s donors and event attendees; any benefits handed out, including tickets and photo opportunities with the president; federal disclosure filings; vendors; contracts; and more, one of the people said.

The subpoena marked an escalation of the investigation, which the prosecutors opened late last year amid a flurry of scrutiny of the inaugural committee. And it showed that the investigations surrounding Mr. Trump, once centered on potential ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election, have spread far beyond the special counsel’s office to include virtually all aspects of his adult life: his business, his campaign, his inauguration and his presidency.

In the subpoena, investigators also showed interest in whether any foreigners illegally donated to the committee, as well as whether committee staff knew that such donations were illegal, asking for documents laying out legal requirements for donations. Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.

Prosecutors also requested all documents related to vendors and contractors with the inaugural committee, which raised a record $107 million and spent lavishly.

Only one individual was named as part of the subpoena’s demand for documents: Imaad Zuberi, a former fund-raiser for President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton who was seeking inroads with Mr. Trump, and whose company, Avenue Ventures, gave $900,000 to the inaugural committee. The subpoena also seeks documents related to his company.

A spokesman said Mr. Zuberi was unaware of having been named in the subpoena, and noted that he gave directly and generously to the inaugural committee, along with many others who donated more.

A spokesman for the inaugural committee said it was still reviewing the subpoena and intended to cooperate with the investigation. A spokesman for the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan declined to comment. ABC first reported that a subpoena was in the works.

As part of their inquiry, prosecutors in Manhattan have pursued the possibility that the inaugural committee made false statements to the Federal Election Commission, according to people familiar with the matter. It can be a crime to knowingly make false or fraudulent statements to a federal agency.

The inaugural committee disclosed a list of its donors to the commission, and the prosecutors are examining whether that list is complete and accurate, the person said. If a donor was omitted from the report, prosecutors could take an interest in that, as well.

People familiar with the subpoena said prosecutors are interested in potential money laundering as well as election fraud, though it is possible that the prosecutors do not suspect the inaugural committee of such violations. The prosecutors cited those crimes in the subpoena simply as justification for their demand for documents.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/04/2019 09:12PM by Steve G..
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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: February 04, 2019 09:13PM
good comment:
"They took in $107 million to cover the costs of the high school marching bands that performed. These days, if you want good Sousa marches, it's gonna cost you."
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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: hal
Date: February 04, 2019 09:49PM
wapo: "The document indicates that prosecutors are investigating crimes related to conspiracy to defraud the United States, mail fraud, false statements, wire fraud, and money laundering."

holy @#$%&... it's gettin' real now.
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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: February 05, 2019 07:48AM
I'm sure the president had nothing to do with any of this, right? Just because you're surrounded by crooks, cheats, and thieves, doesn't mean anything about you. Not legally.



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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: Pam
Date: February 05, 2019 09:30AM
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rjmacs
I'm sure the president had nothing to do with any of this, right? Just because you're surrounded by crooks, cheats, and thieves, doesn't mean anything about you. Not legally.

Can you imagine people making money off of Trump's inauguration committee and not include Trump? He'd be pissed at that, not any laws that were broken.
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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 05, 2019 09:35AM
......here we go........they are coming for him.....



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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: February 05, 2019 09:42AM
The inauguration committee chairman was Thomas J. Barrack, the Trump ally who suggested Paul Manafort as a candidate for campaign manager.


"I woke to find I had not been murdered in my sleep.
Kings don't move mountains as a favor to a friend.
Thick as two thieves."
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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: Acer
Date: February 05, 2019 10:22AM
The mirror-universe Midas. Everything Trump touches turns to crap.
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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: February 05, 2019 03:07PM
"What did the President know and when did he know it?"

[en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 05, 2019 10:29PM
The inaugural money has pretty loose regulations. I think they are just going after any foreign donations. If the inaugural committee wanted, they probably could just hand over the money to the president to put in his personal account.



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