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Feb 8, 2019

This Week: Trump Inaugural Committee Subpoenaed, Redo For House Russia Probe

The most intriguing current investigation involving President Trump grows out of the Michael Cohen probe (which itself grew out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe). That’s the U.S. Manhattan Attorney’s office investigation into Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee, which was hit this week with a wide-ranging subpoena for documents related to donors, event attendees, vendors, contracts and more. Federal prosecutors are investigating possible illegal foreign donations, false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and other laws the committee may have broken. As ProPublica reported, the committee may have violated tax laws by knowingly paying an above-market rate for event space at Trump’s D.C. hotel. On Capitol Hill, the House Intelligence Committee is initiating a reboot of its probe into Russia’s election interference. Newly installed Democratic chairman Adam Schiff chided the former GOP majority, saying he planned to take up lines of inquiry left “uncompleted,” including possible money laundering and financial compromises related to Trump and his associates’ business interests. The House committee…

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