Trump Inaugural Committee Subpoenaed by DC Attorney General

Documents related to the Trump inaugural committee have been subpoenaed by the District of Columbia attorney general, who is investigating “whether the Committee’s expenditures were wasteful.” His office is particularly interested in how funds were raised for the January 2017 gala as Trump’s inaugural committee spend twice the amount spent by his predecessor.

The subpoena issued on February 26 noted that the DC AG Karl Racine is looking into whether the expenditures of the inaugural committee’s nonprofit funds were “mismanaged, and/or improperly provided private benefit, causing the Committee to exceed or abuse its authority or act contrary to its nonprofit purpose.”

Trump’s inaugural committee is also being under investigation by New York and New Jersey prosecutors.

The subpoena asks for inaugural committee financial and governance documents as well as money the committee paid to the Trump Organization and the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington.

These documents, providing insight into the committee’s activities, are to be turned over by March 29. The New Jersey subpoena requires a wide range of financial and other information be released by March 4.

It seeks documents showing payments to the Trump International Hotel or the Trump Organization, including any communications related to “the pricing of venue rentals.” The committee paid the President’s hotel $1.5 million for using its rooms and services, The New York Times informs.

The subpoena also aims at obtaining documents which show what role President Trump’s three adult children had on the committee, although none of them had any official role in running it. It also seeks records of any payments to committee officials or official’s business, as well as on possible payments to vendors which financially benefited committee officials.

The Times also writes that Racine and Maryland Attorney General Briean E. Frosh have been pursuing a lawsuit claiming the President’s involvement in his businesses is in violation with the Constitution’s anticorruption clauses.

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