Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Trump’s Inaugural Committee

Federal prosecutors intend to subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says

Federal prosecutors intend to subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says

Officials from Manhattan's US Attorney's Office issued a subpoena to lawyers of US President Donald Trump's inaugural committee on Monday.

Among other things, the subpoena sought documents related to any payments made by donors "directly to contractors and/or vendors" who worked for the committee, the person familiar with the document said.

The newspaper reported late previous year that federal prosecutors are investigating whether committee donors made contributions in exchange for political favors - a potential violation of federal corruption laws.

Prosecutors are also reportedly examining whether donors made their contributions in exchange for access to Trump's new administration, a voice in policy-making, or a say in picking the new cabinet.

"We have just received a subpoena for documents", a spokeswoman for the committee tells NPR.

One interesting detail in the news of NY prosecutors subpoenaing documents from President Donald Trump's inaugural committee is the involvement of Stripe, the hot payments platform.

The public corruption section of the NY prosecutor's office issued the subpoena, according to ABC. Federal election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating money to an inaugural committee.

Gates testified against Manafort at his trial on bank fraud and tax evasion in Virginia previous year.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan declined to comment.

The subpoena asks for documents related to Zuberi but doesn't offer any clues as to why his donations may be of interest.

The subpoena also specifically seeks all communications with one donor, Los Angeles venture capitalist Imaad Zuberi, as well as the firm with which he is affiliated, Avenue Ventures.

The chairman of the committee was Thomas Barrack, a NY real estate developer who knows Trump and has worked closely with Manafort.

The Trump inaugural fund raised $107 million. No money can be accepted from foreign nationals because of Federal Election Commission rules. The fundraising figure was more than twice as much as that for former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Most recently, political consultant Roger Stone was arrested in a pre-dawn Federal Bureau of Investigation raid and charged - among other issues - with making false statements to Congress. A Zuberi spokesman confirmed that the two knew each other, but said that they didn't discuss any potential business together until 2018.

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