D.C. Attorney General Subpoenas Trump’s Inaugural Committee

A third government body just subpoenaed Donald Trump's inaugural committee

A third government body just subpoenaed Donald Trump's inaugural committee

The District of Columbia's attorney general has subpoenaed President Donald Trump's inaugural committee for documents pertaining to how it managed $107 million in funds raised for the president's swearing-in, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The attorney general in Washington is a local official who enforces statutes governing the operation of nonprofit organizations like the inaugural committee.

The Trump inaugural committee was tasked with organizing events around the time of Trump's inauguration in January 2017, including a concert at the Lincoln Memorial, three inaugural balls and several candlelight dinners.

The subpoena follows similar requests for documents in recent weeks by New Jersey's attorney general and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY. The committee has maintained that its finances were independently audited, and that all funds were spent in accordance with the law.

The amount 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.

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The inaugural committee drew immediate scrutiny after the announcement that it raised double the previous record set by Barack Obama. Among other materials, the NY prosecutors asked for documents related to any payments made by donors directly to contractors and vendors who worked for the committee.

The request reportedly comes as part of an investigation into whether money was "wasted, mismanaged and/or improperly provided private benefit, causing the committee to exceed or abuse its authority or act contrary to its nonprofit goal".

In the subpoena, the DC AG noted that the office is also seeking documents about Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump's roles on the committee.

It also seeks any documents "concerning agreements between the committee and any business in which a committee director, officer, chairman or deputy chairman had a financial interest".

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