Will US prosecutors find foreign connections in Trump inauguration donations?

Will US prosecutors find foreign connections in Trump inauguration donations?

US federal prosecutors in the state of New York have started an investigation into president Trump's inauguration ceremony donations and issued  subpoena to turn over documents related to January 2017. 

 

The subpoena was issued by the US attorney's office in Manhattan and inquired information related to bank accounts, donors, foreign contributors, vendors and contractors that financed the expensive ceremony.

Under US law, only citizens are entitled  to donate to inauguration ceremonies.

"We have just received a subpoena for documents. While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry," a spokesperson for the inauguration told ABC News, which first reported the news.


The subpoena is specifically looking at communication between the inauguration committee and Los Angeles venture capitalist named Imaad Zuberi as well as the firm with which he is affiliated, Avenue Ventures. 


The firm allegedly donated around $900,000 to the ceremony, the Washington Post revealed in separate reporting on the matter.


A spokesperson for Zuberi, who was asked about any foreign connection to the donation, said the money was Zuberi's personal money and that there was no foreign connection. 


The $107m raised by Trump's inaugural committee, chaired by real estate developer and investor Thomas Barrack, was the largest in history, according to Federal Election Commission filings.


Barrack did not respond to Tuesday's subpoena.
 
The investigation into the inauguration was first revealed by the Wall Street Journal in December.


The source: Aljazeera
 

05.02.2019

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