Trump hit with multiple subpoenas just before his SOTU address
For Trump, it has to feel a bit like the walls are closing in. Yesterday, two separate investigations — one by state prosecutors in Maryland and another by federal prosecutors in New York — kicked into high gear.
The New York federal prosecutors are pursuing an incredibly wide-ranging investigation into Trump’s inauguration committee.
Monday’s subpoena from federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York demands documents about the inaugural committee’s donors, vendors, and contracts, as well as all the federal disclosure filings.
It’s also possible that those federal prosecutors are investigating money laundering, election fraud, and perhaps making false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has already interviewed a number of people over whether any donors to the inauguration fund were foreign nationals, which is prohibited.
But even if Mueller wraps up soon, federal prosecutors now have a long list of other potential investigations.
Meanwhile, Maryland’s attorney general is demanding records from DJT Holdings, the Trump family-owned business that owns the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and Trump’s golf courses in Scotland.
There’s really no question that Trump’s D.C. hotel is a way for Trump to profit off of foreign governments, given the huge amount of money spent by those governments at that hotel. That’s why the attorneys general in Maryland and D.C. are bringing an emoluments lawsuit looking into whether Trump is improperly profiting off his presidency.
Now, it looks like Trump’s Scottish golf courses are entangled in that lawsuit as well. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh believes that obtaining information about the golf courses will help him prove that Trump is still profiting from his businesses.
It isn’t likely that the golf courses themselves are what is profitable, however. Turnberry, Trump’s flagship Scottish course, lost $43 million in the last four years. It was such a bad risk that even Deutsche Bank, which loaned Trump hundreds of millions when no one else would, wouldn’t give Trump more money to shore the thing up back in 2016.
And then there’s the fact that the House is now controlled by Democrats, and they have vowed to investigate basically everything. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has said he wants Deutsche Bank’s records because they might show some form of a compromise between Trump and Russia.
Between a special counsel investigation, a state emoluments lawsuit, a federal prosecutor poking around, and the House going after all aspects of his finances, Trump has a lot of storms to weather — and it’s probably only going to get worse.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Lisa Needham.