Last updated on December 20th, 2018
They say each day is a history in the making. Besides, with President of the United States Donald Trump, the concept needs an adjustment because his legacy goes only as far as adding up another set of allegations. Trump’s inaugural committee, which managed the $107M celebrations to mark the start of his presidency in 2017, has now become a new focus of federal prosecutors.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the prosecutors are now looking to find out if the money was spent properly or not. The Journal has reported that Manhattan-based prosecutors are in “early stages” of the investigation, and are looking to erode out if the donations were made in return for easy access to the president’s administration, as it took charge of the proceedings. The Journal also claims that there was evidence found of the money diverted, which could potentially lead to a criminal violation of US anti-corruption laws.
It is clear from the above instance that the money has a direct connection with influencing the foreign policy matters of the US. Besides, the source of the funds, as the New York Times reported, shows a direct link with the Middle Eastern nations, which used donors to hide some important details from getting leaked.
Trump’s presidency has marked more lows than highs for the people of the United States, the most recent of which, is his support for the Saudis. Especially, after facing the nationwide outrage to abandon the kingdom over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
According to the Journal, the allegations came forward after the FBI raided Cohen’s home and his office in April, which resulted in a leaked conversation between the lawyer and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to Melania Trump. During the conversation, Wolkoff is alleged to have expressed concerns over how the inaugural committee was spending the money it raised.
Trump is expected to further sink down the aisle after former attorney general and his personal lawyer were sentenced to three years in prison, earlier this week. Cohen pleaded guilty for making hush payments made on Trump’s direction, an allegation denied by the president.
Besides, with nothing to lose now, it is expected that Cohen would soon speak and assist the Robert Mueller’s investigation and help in swamping out Russia’s alleged involvement in the US-mid-term elections of 2016.