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February 5, 2019, 4:55 AM GMT
By Alex Johnson, Tom Winter and Monica Alba
Federal prosecutors have issued a summons for documents of the founding committee of President Donald Trump, a representative of the committee said Monday night.
The US law firm in the southern district of New York, Manhattan, investigates accusations that the committee has lost some of the tens of millions of money it has generated through donations and that some donors have given money in exchange for access to influence Trump's policy positions. .
"We just received a summons for documents," the committee representative told Good King News. "While we are still looking at the summons, it is our intention to cooperate with the investigation."
The summons was first reported by ABC News. A representative of the law firm in the United States would not comment on Monday evening.
The Wall Street Journal, who said that he had reviewed a copy, reported that the summons did not mention Tom Barrack Jr., the head of the committee. Barrack, a prominent real estate developer and an old friend of the president, was interviewed by researchers from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller as part of Mueller's research into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 elections.
The Journal reported in December that the investigation into the inaugural commission began after federal agents seized Michael Cohen's materials in April, Trump's former personal lawyer.
The summons asks for documents about donations to the commission "made by or on behalf of foreigners, including, but not limited to, notices concerning or regarding the possibility of donations by foreign nationals," according to The Journal.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Told MSNBC in December that the House Intelligence Committee, of which he is the chairman, will also investigate possible illegal foreign funding of the inauguration.
More generally, the summons reported on Monday seeks all documents relating to the donors and suppliers of the committee, including records related to "benefits" such as tickets or invitations to receptions that donors receive in return, according to The Journal.
According to data from the Federal Election Commission, the largest donors of the committee were the casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, AT & T Inc. and Boeing Co., all of which gave $ 1 million or more. The News reported in December that there was no sign that these donors are under investigation.