Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

The subpoena by U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY requests documents, communications and memos involving donors, vendors and expenditures, according to an ABC News report.

She didn't say who had subpoenaed the committee.

However, the Wall Street Journal, citing a copy of the subpoena, reported that prosecutors asked for "all documents" related to the committee's donors and vendors, as well as records relating to "benefits" donors received after making contributions.

A spokeswoman for the committee told the newspaper in a statement: "We have just received a subpoena for documents".

A second inaugural committee spokesman, Owen Blicksilver, declined to answer questions about which documents prosecutors requested.

A spokesperson for the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY declined to comment.

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.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is also reportedly looking into the funding for the inauguration while conducting the investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.

The New York Times reported late past year that federal prosecutors are examining whether anyone from Qatar, Saudi Arabia or other Middle Eastern countries made illegal payments to the committee and a pro-Trump super political action committee.

The Wall Street Journal reported in December that prosecutors were in the "early stages" of an investigation into whether Trump's inaugural committee and a pro-Trump Super Pac received illegal donations from foreigners hoping for influence over U.S. policy. Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to inaugural funds.

Tom Barrack, the inaugural committee's chairman, also declined to comment.

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