In February, the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), detonated a bombshell when it issued a subpoena to the Trump inaugural committee demanding thousands of pages of documentation related it donors, vendors, and finances.
But it was what the cover of that subpoena stated that has sent shivers across the West Wing of the White House. Specifically, prosecutors allege that the inaugural committee engaged in:
“Conspiracy against the US, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, inaugural committee disclosure violations, and laws prohibiting contributions by foreign nations and contributions in the name of another person.”
The violations alleged in the subpoena cover:
Conspiracy against the US, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, inaugural committee disclosure violations, and laws prohibiting contributions by foreign nations and contributions in the name of another person https://t.co/ZDjequ6OuL
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 5, 2019
Note that many of those stated crimes — conspiracy, false statements, wire fraud, and money laundering — are the same ones that people such as Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, and Roger Stone have been charged with. That suggests the Southern District is following the road map laid down by Robert Mueller.
The new subpoena is also bad news for other members of the Trump family, including First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, both of whom were actively involved in deciding where money from the inaugural committee was spent.
In addition to the SDNY subpoena, the New York Times is reporting that the Eastern District of New York “is separately investigating whether inaugural officials helped foreigners illegally funnel donations to Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee using so-called straw donors to disguise their donations.”
How did all of this come about? It’s based in large part on testimony given by former Trump attorney/fixer Michael Cohen and Rick Gates, who served as Paul Manafort’s right-hand man for years and was co-chairman of the campaign when Manafort was still running the show.
Trump has long been accused of laundering money in his business dealings. But it appears he tried to do the same with his inaugural committee and got caught red-handed.
The biggest legal threat to Donald Trump was never Robert Mueller. It’s the Southern District of New York, and it appears they already have all the evidence they need to make one hell of a case against the president. They’re following the money, and that’s how you bust a crook like Trump.