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Friday, December 14, 2018

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump's 2017 inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donations, people familiar with the matter said. The criminal probe by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, which is in its early stages, also is examining whether some of the committee's top donors gave money in exchange for access to the incoming Trump administration, policy concessions or to influence official administration positions, some of the people said.

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The investigation partly arises out of materials seized in the federal probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's business dealings, according to people familiar with the matter.

In April raids of Mr. Cohen's home, office and hotel room, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents obtained a recorded conversation between Mr. Cohen and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to Melania Trump, who worked on the inaugural events. In the recording, Ms. Wolkoff expressed concern about how the inaugural committee was spending money, according to a person familiar with the Cohen investigation.

Sometimes things are exactly what they look like. Trump's inauguration acts looked like a B- cast of has-beens and wannabes, bereft of top flight professional talent not commiserate to the record haul available to be spent.

Another parting gift from Michael Cohen, no less. Merry Trumpmas to all and to all involved, sleepless nights!

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-12-13 05:00 PM | Reply

Everyone saw this coming.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-12-13 05:00 PM | Reply

When it rains, it pours...

OCU

#3 | Posted by OCUser at 2018-12-13 05:07 PM | Reply

Well his 2020 re-election campaign is full of folks on the take.

#4 | Posted by Scotty at 2018-12-13 05:11 PM | Reply

Who knew obeying the law was so complicated.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2018-12-13 05:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"examining whether some of the committee's top donors gave money in exchange for access to the incoming Trump administration, policy concessions or to influence official administration positions"

I really only have one question, folks:

Why did Trump hire the Clinton Foundation to run his inauguration???

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-13 05:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

When it rains, it pours...
OCU

#3 | POSTED BY OCUSER

Not to mention that David ------ is now cooperating and has said he made the payoff for the campaign. Looking worse and worse in Trump land.

#7 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2018-12-13 06:31 PM | Reply

Some day they will turn enough rocks over to find something he did wrong.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-12-14 04:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

To the surprise of no one but Snippy:

Trump's Inauguration Paid Trump's Company -- With Ivanka In The Middle

During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect's eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals. A top inaugural planner emailed Ivanka and others at the company to "express my concern" that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen "when this is audited."

If the Trump hotel charged more than the going rate for the venues, it could violate tax law. The inaugural committee's payments to the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trump's role have not been previously reported or disclosed in public filings.

"The fact that the inaugural committee did business with the Trump Organization raises huge ethical questions about the potential for undue enrichment," said Marcus Owens, the former head of the division of the Internal Revenue Service that oversees nonprofits.

Grifters gonna grift... HUGE-ly!

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-12-14 07:34 PM | Reply

Some day they will turn enough rocks over to find something he did wrong.

#8 | Posted by Sniper

Nothing was wrong with boning porn stars without a condom while his wife was nursing their new baby, and then commiting election fraud about it?

Nothing was wrong with giving favors to our enemies in order to get their assistance in winning the election?

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-14 08:19 PM | Reply

Remember when Trump said Hillary would be under continuous investigation?
www.nbcnews.com
Yeah, so do I.

#11 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-12-14 09:01 PM | Reply

Some day they will turn enough rocks over to find something he did wrong.

#8 | POSTED BY comrade Snippy

If you are having trouble seeing all of your Orange Fuhrer's crimes may I suggest scheduling an appointment with your proctologist to pull your head out of your ---!

I can translate that into Russian if you wish?

#12 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-12-14 10:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Some day they will turn enough rocks over to find something he did wrong.

#8 | POSTED BY comrade Snippy

If you are having trouble seeing all of your Orange Fuhrer's crimes may I suggest scheduling an appointment with your proctologist to pull your head out of your ---!

I can translate that into Russian if you wish?

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-12-14 10:57 PM | Reply

I've prognosticated several times in the last year and a half that trump paid the $25 million trump university settlement with these funds. can't wait to see if i'm right.

#14 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-12-15 12:05 PM | Reply

If you are going to have the largest crowds ever in the history of inauguration events, it's gonna cost a lot of money. Just ask Sean Spicer.

#15 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-12-15 12:49 PM | Reply

Trump for Prison 2019

#16 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-12-15 09:04 PM | Reply

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