Trump Inaugural Committee Hit With Subpoena

Blanche Robertson
February 7, 2019

Prosecutors in New York's Southern District subpoenaed the committee this week as part of an investigation of suspected corruption in terms of how it raised and spent its money. The company donated $900,000 to the inaugural committee, records show.

A spokesman for Mr Zuberi said he had given "generously and directly" to the inaugural committee, but added that many others donated "substantially more".

The subpoena lists only two specific names: Imaad Zuberi and his investment firm, Avenue Ventures LLC.

A spokesperson for Zuuberi, who was asked about any foreign connection to the donation, said the money was Zuuberi's personal money and that there was no foreign connection. "He gave his own money".

The inaugural committee brought in a record $107 million in donations and, somehow, spent almost all of it. President Obama's 2009 inaugural committee raised a then-record $55 million (Obama's 2013 committee raised $43 million).

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

The leader of the inaugural committee, Thomas Barrack, is not mentioned in the subpoena.

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President Trump faces a new legal threat from outside special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. It also sought documents on federal disclosure filings, vendors and contracts.

Barrack's deputy with the inaugural committee, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty previous year to conspiracy and making false statements to investigators in a case brought by Mueller.

The investigation is the latest in a series of criminal inquiries into Mr Trump's campaign and presidency.

The donation came months after the Cleveland convention and just days before Trump took office.

The committee board comprised several billionaire supporters of Trump.

He said the inauguration did not cost $100 million, so investigators are focused on the sources for the donations and what became of the funds.

"I've always thought that what the Southern District of NY was doing was if not more interesting, at least more threatening to the president", Rosenberg said. He reportedly visited Trump tower in December 2016, meeting with incoming-national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chief Steve Bannon. Though he wasn't in the meetings with Trump officials, Zuberi also met with the Qataris at Trump Tower, and then met with the Qatari foreign minister the following day. "But the money is in NY". It said that the president's daughter Ivanka Trump helped negotiate the deal, leading to concerns that the funds raised for the inauguration might have been illegally diverted into the Trump family business.

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