NYT: DC Attorney General Subpoenas Trump Inaugural Committee

The attorney general for the District of Columbia is the latest to jump into an investigation of Trump’s inaugural committee, subpoenaing the committee this week over whether it “improperly provided private benefit,” the New York Times reports.

The subpoena reportedly asks for information regarding the roles that Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump may have had on the inaugural committee. It also seeks information regarding payments to the Trump International Hotel and the Trump Organization, per the New York Times.

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 purpose.”

The New Jersey Attorney General sent a civil subpoena to the committee earlier this month, after federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York sent a wide-ranging subpoena to the inaugural committee on Feb. 4, asking for an array of documents.

The D.C. subpoena reportedly follows on the SDNY request in asking whether any agreements existed whereby donors paid vendors directly for services provided to the inaugural committee.

Trump’s inauguration took in a record-breaking $107 million haul, nearly twice as much as any previous one.

“The Presidential Inauguration Committee is in receipt of the subpoena issued by the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and is in contact with staff regarding this inquiry,” a committee spokesman told TPM in a statement.

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