The news from the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New New York (SDNY) is not good for Donald Trump or anyone who had anything to do with his 2016 inaugural committee.
CNN is reporting that tens of thousands of documents have been turned over in response to a subpoena issued by the SDNY, and that means that prosecutors in that office are clearly on the verge of possibly issuing indictments in the case, which could prove catastrophic for First Lady Melania Trump:
“The end of the document production indicates the investigation is moving into the next stage. Authorities are investigating whether any of the record $107 million in donations for the inaugural was misspent, used to improperly benefit certain individuals, or came from foreign donors in violation of campaign finance laws that prohibit foreign money in US elections, people familiar with the inquiry said.”
It also appears that one key figure from the Trump inaugural has already been interviewed by federal prosecutors:
“Prosecutors have interviewed at least one inaugural planner, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, whose firm, WIS Media, was paid $25.8 million for event production. Wolkoff, a New York City planner who has been involved in events such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, known as the Met Gala, was also a close friend of Melania Trump.”
Yes, the First Lady herself could be facing federal charges if it can be proven that she directed funds from the inaugural committee be steered to Wolkoff. That would be a direct violation of federal law and could result in charges of fraud being filed against the president’s wife.
The inaugural committee investigation is a direct result of a recording obtained when federal officials raided the office and residences of President Trump’s personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen.
One name that keeps coming up is Imaad Zuberi, CNN notes. He was the only person singled out in the subpoena from the SDNY:
“It isn’t clear what attracted prosecutors to Zuberi, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, but the long time donor to Democrats did an about face after the election, piling money into Republican coffers. His company donated $900,000 to the inaugural fund, according to Federal Election Commission records, giving him access to two glitzy dinners.”
It’s becoming clearer by the day that the Russia investigation was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trump’s legal problems. Considering that he’s allegedly committed endless crimes over the years, there’s certainly no shortage of evidence.