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Prosecutors subpoena documents from Trump's inaugural committee

07 February 2019

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.

The subpoena seeks documents relating to donors, vendors, contractors and bank accounts linked to the inaugural committee, suggesting possible suspicions of fraud and money laundering according to the Washington Post, which reviewed the subpoena.

According to the subpoena, investigators want more information on bank accounts related to the inauguration ceremony, donors, foreign contributions, vendors and contractors, USA media reported on Tuesday.

Prosecutors in NY have reportedly requested documents from President Donald Trump's inauguration committee.

A spokesman for Stripe told The Times: "We receive hundreds of subpoenas and other law enforcement..." The inaugural committee raised this unprecedented sum from wealthy donors who gave $1 million or more.

The only individual named in the subpoena is venture capitalist Imaad Zuberi, who has connections to some of the countries flagged by Mueller.

The subpoena was issued by prosecutors from the US attorney's office in the Southern District of NY, rather than special counsel Robert Mueller.

The new requests expand an investigation prosecutors opened late previous year amid a flurry of scrutiny of the inaugural committee.

The subpoena requests a wide range of data regarding who donated to the inauguration, whether they were non-US citizens, and how the money was spent. The committee previously raised $107 million for Trump's inauguration.

The subpoena was not brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is continuing to investigate Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and interactions between Russian officials and Trump associates. "But many others gave substantially more. For what it's worth, Imaad, as always, gave only his own money from his own resources", said a spokesman for Zuberi.

According to reports a year ago, Mueller has taken an interest in the attendance at the inauguration and exclusive inaugural events of individuals with ties to the Russian government. Along with the $900,000 his firm Avenue Ventures gave to the inaugural committee on December 28, 2016, it donated an additional $100,000 to the host committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention on January 13, 2017, campaign finance records show.

The investigation into Cohen, who is due to begin a prison sentence next month after implicating Mr Trump, arose from a referral from Mr Mueller's team to NY prosecutors.

Prosecutors subpoena documents from Trump's inaugural committee