World Federal prosecutors in Manhattan subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee on Monday and asked for information about its donors, including details about donations from foreigners, according to reports. The subpoena requires the committee give investigators documentation about almost every donor or donation received, as well as any benefits the committee may have offered to donors, including photo opportunities and meetings. The inaugural committee said in a statement that it would cooperate with the subpoena. Federal election law prohibits foreign nationals from giving money to the inauguration, and there have been indications that foreigners have used straw men, or in this case Americans donating on behalf of foreigners, to circumvent these laws. American lobbyist Sam Patten pleaded guilty in August to using a straw donor to give $50,000 to the Trump Inauguration Committee on behalf of a Russian and Ukrainian citizen, a sum that got him four tickets to … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee Subpoenaed: Here Are the Crimes and the People Being Investigated by Prosecutors
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PRESIDENT Donald Trump's inaugural committee might be in some hot water after an investigation was launched into the committee's funds. But who was on the committee, and why are they being investigated? Here's what we know. Who was on Donald Trump's inaugural committee? The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee organised events for Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence, such as the concerts, parade, balls and prayer service. The chairman of the committee was Thomas Barrack Jr, an investor and longtime friend of Trump's. The co-chairs of the committee were Lewis Eisenberg and Roy Bailey. Committee members included Sheldon Adelson and Miriam Adelson, Steve Wynn and Phil Ruffin, oil entrepreneur Harold Hamm, businesswoman Diane Hendricks, coal businessman Joe Craft, Gail Icahn, wife of Carl Icahn, Dallasites Ray Washburne, Gentry Beach, Roy Bailey, and Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets. The inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million. This hefty amount was twice more than … [Read more...] about Who was on Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and why are they being investigated?
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's inaugural committee pushed back hard last summer on questions about whether the unprecedented $107 million budget for the event was fraught with cost overruns and misspending. A top inauguration official assured The Associated Press that spending had been restrained and monitored. In court last week, that same official — Rick Gates — acknowledged that he personally may have pocketed some of the inaugural committee's money. Gates, the government's star witness in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial, admitted to Manafort's lawyers that he "possibly" wrongfully submitted personal expenses to the inaugural committee for reimbursement. Though only a footnote to Gates' disclosure of tax fraud, extramarital affairs and embezzlement from Manafort, the admission raised new questions about how well the inaugural committee tracked its own spending and why Gates was chosen for a top inauguration job in the first place. … [Read more...] about Gates testimony dredges up Trump inaugural spending mystery
DONALD Trump has a sunbed in the White House and wanted to be sworn in with his own book instead of the Bible, a former aide has said. Omarosa Manigault Newman made these claims and others – all strongly denied by the US president – in her explosive new book titled Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House. Manigault Newman was a contestant on Trump's reality show The Apprentice and later served as a senior adviser to the president. In her book, she says she remembers the Republican asking her: “Omarosa, what do you think about me getting sworn in on The Art of the Deal?” She claims she asked: “Instead of the Bible?” before Trump allegedly replied: “Yeah. The Art of the Deal is a bestseller! “It’s the greatest business book of all time.” Manigault Newman claims Trump added: “Just think how many copies I’d sell – maybe a commemorative inauguration copy!” She writes that she told him to forget … [Read more...] about Donald Trump ‘has sunbed in White House and wanted to be sworn in with his OWN book’, former aide in N-word row claims
POLITICS 08/11/2018 03:29 am ET It involves the Secret Service. By Lee Moran Lawrence O’Donnell has imagined the scenario should President Donald Trump not want to leave the White House willingly. On Friday’s broadcast of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word” claimed “the most likely ending” of Trump’s presidency “is when Elizabeth Warren, or whoever the Democratic nominee is, beats him in the next election.” Maher doubted whether Trump would “just greet her at the door” on inauguration day, however. O’Donnell replied: “When the clock strikes 12, the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court will administer the oath of office to her, no matter where it is—he doesn’t have to show up, he never has to concede, he doesn’t have to do a thing. The second she takes the oath she’s the president, he isn’t any … [Read more...] about Lawrence O’Donnell Predicts The Humiliating Way Donald Trump’s Presidency May End