New York Prosecutors to Subpoena Trump Inauguration Committee for Documents

Federal prosecutors intend to subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says

As the Wall Street Journal reported last December, federal prosecutors in NY are investigating the inaugural committee over suspicions that a portion of the $107 million it raised was misspent.

The subpoena requested records of any benefits handed out during the inauguration, including tickets and photos with the president, as well as documents that show disclosure filings, vendors, contracts and all of the committee's donors and attendees of the event, according to the report.

ABC News explored deeper into documents that found $130,000 was spent on salad bowls from Tiffany & Company, $2.7 million for a company to produce a Broadway rendition of "New York, New York" and another $130,000 on customized seat cushions.

The investigation is the latest in a series of criminal inquiries into Trump's campaign and presidency.

The committee was chaired by Trump's longtime friend Thomas Barrack, who the Times said is not mentioned in the subpoena.




The deputy chairman of the inauguration committee, Rick Gates, has been cooperating with federal prosecutors. "While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry".

She didn't say who had subpoenaed the committee. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation and whether the president obstructed the investigation.

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". Federal law prohibits foreign donations to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.

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.

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