Prosecutors Investigating Possible Illegal Foreign Donations To Trump Campaign And If Donations Were Misspent

 In Conflicts Of Interest, Corruption and Fraud, International Relations   Last Updated: December 23, 2018

Federal prosecutors are investigating if people from several countries in the Middle East, including Qatar, UAE, and Saudi Arabia “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.”

Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.”

The investigation is focusing also on whether or not any of these donations were misspent and if donations were “given in exchange for access to the administration, policy concessions or to influence official administration positions.”



Sharon LaFraniere, Maggie Haberman and Adam Goldman. "Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations." New York Times, 13 December 2018. Web. 23 December 2018.
Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Rebecca Ballhaus and Aruna Viswanatha. "Trump Inauguration Spending Under Criminal Investigation by Federal Prosecutors." Wall Street Journal, 13 December 2018. Web. 23 December 2018.
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