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Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49737"><span class="small">Sharon LaFraniere, Maggie Haberman and Adam Goldman, The New York Times</span></a>   
Friday, 14 December 2018 09:13

Excerpt: "Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump's inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry."

President Trump's inauguration. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty)
President Trump's inauguration. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty)


Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations

By Sharon LaFraniere, Maggie Haberman and Adam Goldman, The New York Times

14 December 18

 

ederal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

The inquiry focuses on whether people from Middle Eastern nations — including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — used straw donors to disguise their donations to the two funds. Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.

The line of questioning underscores the growing scope of criminal inquiries that pose a threat to Mr. Trump’s presidency. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is focusing on whether anyone in the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to tip the 2016 presidential election in Mr. Trump’s favor, while prosecutors in New York are pursuing evidence he secretly authorized illegal payments of hush money to silence accusations of extramarital affairs that threatened his campaign.

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