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Trump Inaugural Committee Subpoenaed By New York Prosecutors

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President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in New York Southern District, ABC News and Bloomberg reported, indicating that even as the special counsel probe appears to be nearing an end, “another investigation that could hamstring the president and his lawyers is widening.”

“We have just received a subpoena for documents,” Kristin Celauro, a spokeswoman with Owen Blicksilver PR, said in an email. “While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry.”

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It was not immediately clear if the subpoena was related to the criminal probe that had been launched in December, which according to the WSJ, was investigating whether the committee had misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donations.

According to ABC, the contact which came from the public corruption section in the Southern District, is the latest activity focusing on Trump’s political fundraising both before and immediately after his 2016 election. Lawyers for the inauguration committee were contacted midday Monday and asked if they could accept a subpoena for documents from federal prosecutors, according to sources familiar

The Trump family business has also been in contact with prosecutors, but sources familiar with those discussions would not spell out the specific topics covered.

ABC News reported previously about interest by federal investigators in the foreign guests at the inaugural event, and possible contributions by foreign nationals, which would be prohibited. Among those who attended were Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, who is now on the Treasury Department list of sanctioned oligarchs.

Last year, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team had questioned several witnesses about millions of dollars in donations from donors with connections to Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, sources with direct knowledge previously told ABC News. One Mueller target, a political consultant named Sam Patten, acknowledged as part of a plea deal that he accepted $50,000 to buy tickets on behalf of a Ukrainian businessman who wanted to attend inaugural events.

Still, despite the amount of money raised, the festivities surrounding Trump’s swearing-in were far more modest in scale than past inaugural events. The non-profit group established to oversee the celebration hosted only three major events with some small intimate private affairs. The record breaking fundraising was double of President Barack Obama’s first inaugural. The committee was chaired by President Trump’s longtime friend, Thomas Barrack. It has been previously reported Barrack sat for an interview with Mueller’s office in late 2017.

As ABC News further details, it had obtained documents which showed the committee spent more than $1.5 million at the Trump International Hotel in Washington ahead of the president’s 2017 swearing-in. It is part of an array of expenditures there and elsewhere that included more than $130,000 for customized seat cushions at two gala dinners for the president-elect, $10,000 to provide makeup to the servers at another formal dinner, and $2.7 million to a company that produced a Broadway-style rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” using Las Vegas showgirls flown in by Trump pal Steve Wynn for a private event.

Questions about the inaugural spending were first raised last year when tax filings disclosed the five largest vendors included payments of nearly $26 million to an event planning firm run by a one-time adviser and close friend of Melania Trump. The adviser, Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, created a company called WIS Media Partners based in California that handled some of the festivities. That firm paid out contracts to other sub-contractors that were hired and used some of the funds to hire sub-contractors.

It was also unclear if the probe had been bolstered by input from two of Trump’s formerly closest aides. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has been extensively interviewed by prosecutors in the Southern District office. Longtime family accountant and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg has agreed to cooperate, though the extent of his help is unknown.

The Trump Inauguration also donated $5 million to various charities including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Smithsonian Institute among others.

via zerohedge

36 COMMENTS

  1. I really don’t understand where this hatred is coming from. Almost every day there is another vicious attack on President Trump. Is it jealousy, envy that he is doing such a good job, just what is your problem. Maybe you all need to consult a therapist about this deep seeded hatred. This is not normal.
    We, as a nation are to respect our President, the person who is in that office was elected by “We the People.” Why can you NOT ACCEPT that as a fact and let him get on with his job instead of trying to focus on stuff that matters not, instead of focusing on impeachment why not get behind him, and follow his lead.

  2. See what happens to anyone who is not of the “Globalist” crowd is put in power? It is not what the people in each state want but what the “One World Government” bunch dictates that matters. It is time to clean out Washington, completely. Remove the “Globalists” from any government leadership and move on.

    • I AGREE. TRUMP WAS NOT SUPPOSE TOO WIN. HILARY WAS. BOY WHAT A SURPRISE THEY HAD COMMING.
      WE, THE PEOPLE WANTED TRUMP, HE WON FAIR AND SQUARE. I DO NOT THINK HE THOUGHT , HE WOULD WIN.
      .PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING GOOF AND HOPEFULLY HE WILL WIN ANOTHER 4.

    • The left and globalist elites are in full panic now as they watch all their power and control accrued since 1871 slip through their fingers. Just another attempt to thwart President Trumps MAGA/AMERICA FIRST agenda that will go down in flames. Their global child sex trafficking rings as well as corrupt central banking is going down, and the ramifications are world changing. Trust the plan!!!

    • Is it just me, or is anyone else tired of getting all of these questions like, do you wish obozo was still president, and was obozo the best president ever? I wish the sob was never prez. and he’s by far the worse in my lifetime which started with FDR. Stop with the stupid queries.

      • Obama was never even constitutionally eligible to be president. One must be a “natural born citizen”, born on U.S. soil to parents (plural) who are themselves, citizens. His father was not a citizen, nor was he even a legal resident of the U.S.. He was just a foreign student here on a student visa which he overstayed and was deported back to Kenya. He is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.

  3. It’s Disgraceful And Utterly Shameful How The Democrats Are Not Willing To Except Reality In Which They Cannot Possibly Alter Even Weaponizing The Intelligence Apparatus And Justice System. And It Merits Prosecuting And Severely Punishing Those Responsible And Who Willfully Participated In This Treasonous Outrage. The Swift And Ultimate Punishment Of All Who Attacked This Country In Deliberate Malevolent Intent To Fatally And Irreparably Wound Our Great Country Would Immensely Facilitate The Real Draining Of The Corrupt Swamp Of Washington As Well As It Would Go Far Towards Reestablishing The Rule Of Law It Is In No Uncertain Terms An Urgent Necessity Towards Assuring The United States’ Longevity As An Sovereign Nation Much Like The Imperative Necessity Of The Border Wall. As Far As The Determined Disloyal & Treasonous Socialist Democratic Party By All Right Should Be Permanently Banned From Participating In Our Government And Completely Purged From It Along With The RINOS & Socialist Party As Well As All Political Party With Malicious Intent Towards The United States And It’s People.

  4. The Globelists are even more of a threat to our American way of life than the terrorists because they are within & nearly invisible.

  5. Agreed !! Another way to end this witch hunt and get the Government to do their jobs is to allow ONLY NATURAL BORN CITIZENS TO HOLD OFFICES AND BAN THE NAZI DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE !!

  6. I see a civil war on the Horizon. We can not just them take the Govt from us. The rule is if the Liberal win the election then it is over, but if the Conservative win then it is take them out at any cost. As 1
    Liberal said the other day “We will destroy the entire US Govt if that what it takes to get rid of TRUMP” When Trump wins in 2020 and he will, then the war will start because they know they can not survive another 4 years with him in Office

  7. Totally agree, Pappy. This is a chilling warning to ANYONE who dares support a hand-picked non politician, especially a successful one who is correcting the ills and mismanagement of the past thirty years. BEWARE anyone who dare support Trump – or we’ll take you down, bankrupt you, and throw you in the dungeon of scourge. Time for the medieval wall – it’s apropos of the horrific, vicious, venomous behavior of the DEMONazis. To heck with you all – #MAGA #TAKETHEHOUSE2020 #TRUMP2020

  8. The fishing vessel USS Mueller is returning to dock after a long pointless voyage, laden only with a few minnows. Now sails the new fishing vessel USS Inauguration seeking to find that elusive big fish.

  9. can anyone imagine the corruption that would bring if dems medicare for all ever take place???.. just imagine, democrats are the MOST CORRUPT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, how would that be run, no one would ever see any doctor and if lucky see one, the charges would be out of this world, and that goes back to all doctors in Miami that have been caught on false charges to medicare. and for that matter let’s talk to Senator Menendez, he knows about corruption to the top. THIS CORRUPTION COVER UP FROM DEMOCRATS IN MEDI CARE FOR ALL IS JUST A REAL CON FROM ALL THESE THIEVES IN THE SENATE OR CONGRESS.

    • Also I believe government run Ins. would determine whether you need or they pay for that procedure or not along with choosing your DR.. Bad Bad idea. Government needs to stay out of the people’s choice of insurance co. and physician. We do not want socialism in this country

  10. All Democrats should be investigated as they have all committed crimes from voter fraud, lying, to Congress, attacked the government by filing frivolous investigations and lawsuits as well as judicial over reach. They have no morals, no scruples, and no brains!

    • You are right on! If it could be proven that any members of the Democrat Party have paid any financial dues to the Communist Party, U.S.A. they could lose U.S. citizenship, even if born here, and never hold public office again. U.S. Code Title 50. WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE Chapter 23. INTERNAL SECURITY Subchapter IV. COMMUNIST CONTROL Section 842. Proscription of Communist Party, its successors, and subsidiary organizations. go on Cornell law library and read the text of the law.

    • This is the way, it really works:
      A conservative, can survive totally on his own.
      While a liberal, cannot survive without a conservative.
      They need the money, the logic, and the work ethics, of conservatives.
      To pay for their welfare, and their nonsensical schemes.

  11. How about these lame prosecutors take a look at all of the staggering crime staring them right in the face from Hillary Clinton, James Comey, et al. instead of focusing on crimes that don’t even exist. Start with the criminal of criminals HILLARY ROTTEN CLINTON and you’ll have enough to keep you busy for a lifetime. The double standard of justice is hard to take, and it’s enough already. She should be indicted and put in prison for the rest of her evil life.

  12. What kind of traitors voted fo Hussein O 3% –
    We have to change our voting of how and who we elect to the government. There are too many crooks running our country starting with Pelosi and chuckie. Hussein before them. IT’S IS TIME FOR THE T E R M L I M I T S NOW!

  13. Meanwhile, Clinto – Gore, took money from overseas and not a word was said.
    Then Hillary, donated money to Fusion GPS, for the phoney dossier, and nothing was said.
    When are these libtards, going to understand. That once the revolution starts?
    They are the ones who will laid bare and open to overwhelming lawsuits themselves.

  14. It is amazing how these adverse news stories somehow almost always coincide with President Trump doing something great for “we the people” just to detract from his victories. He really is Making America great again in spite of their opposition.

  15. Just wait and see how those skeletons pop out of no where. Trumpy has a lot of them. So, if you dont understand why everyone is baggering Trumpy. Then you need to open your eyes. Everyone around Trumpy is or has falling victim because they were involved with Trumpy. Just give it more time. His turn is coming up soon.

  16. Let’s investigate every elected polititian who holds office at this time etc., publishing details of who made contributions to get them elected and how these monies were spent. In fact every one who ran for office at the same time as Trump, (whether they lost or won), should be investigated as to how their campaign money was used. Only then should they do it to DT.

  17. Deep State traitors are everywhere!The evil corrupted liberal demoncrat Commie Nazi’s party at work here!Don’t forget the RINOs(Grahams,Romney,Gowdy,Ryan, Rubio, Sessions, McConnell, Flake, etc)they’re just as bad! Drain the rat infested Swamp,Pres Trump!

  18. Everything Clinton did there trying to hit trump with it’s a smoke screen there throwing out ahead of what there going to our at least we all hope that criminal Clinton should be charged with if they keep this up there attempt to steal a elected president from the people we need to all arm up and stand with our President ! I’m do sick of ass ll these crazy ass ass anti American globalist communist liberal bastards!!

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