In addition to the investigation of election funds and the relationship with the Russian side, President Trump also faces several other legal problems.
Not only the investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller about the connection between the 2016 presidential campaign with Russia, President Trump is also facing legal problems. Other headaches no less.
1. President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony
On December 13, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Commission for the inauguration ceremony of Mr. Trump’s President in 2017 is under investigation for federal crime.
The committee received up to $ 107 million in funding, including $ 14 million from sponsors working for investment and securities companies and nearly $ 10 million from real estate agents. product. The total amount for Mr. Trump’s swearing-in ceremony is nearly double that of his 2009 Barack Obama predecessor.
Investigators are currently investigating how much money the sworn-in commission has been used and whether regular sponsors seek to reach the new government.
A report by ProPublica on December 14 expressed the concern of a “top event organizer” that, Trump International Hotel in Washington “rates” room, food and facilities provided for The committee is in charge of Mr. Trump’s oath and this may violate tax laws.
When asked about the information WSJ posted, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “This is not related to the President or the First Lady”. Even if this is true, there are many friends or close relationships of Mr. Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, that are deeply involved in the swearing-in plan.
2. Foreign influence
The focus of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation is to see if there is any relationship between Russia and Trump’s campaign. However, according to recent reports, doubts have extended the relevance of other countries.
The Daily Beast article said, stage 2 in the prosecutor Mueller’s investigation will begin next year and includes a record of the relationship between Mr. Trump’s campaign with Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The New York Times said that New York investigators are considering whether any foreign characters illegally funded President Trump’s inauguration committee.
Mueller Prosecutor’s investigation team is also said to be investigating Trump support groups to see if the groups will receive money from overseas during the 2016 election campaign. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are once again mentioned, along with Qatar.
3. Trump Hotel
Shortly after his election, Mr. Trump announced that his business would donate all income originating from foreign governments to the US Treasury.
In March, Trump Foundation funded $ 151,470 in interest from foreign governments in 2017, although the organization did not provide details. This procedure is done to avoid omitting regulations on foreign earnings in the US Constitution, thereby prohibiting federal officials from receiving gifts or payments from foreign officials or representatives.
Although the President’s lawyers said that this procedure is not mandatory, Mr. Trump is committed to doing so to avoid missing or exceeding what the Constitution requires.
However, in June 2018, the head of the judicial department of Washington DC and Maryland sued Mr. Trump, accusing Mr. Trump of benefiting from the expenses the foreign government spent on Trump hotels. especially the hotel is located not far from the White House in Washington DC.
4. Trump Fund
New York investigators are also conducting a review of the Trump charity. The head of the New York state judicial agency, Barbara Underwood, accused Trump – a tax-exempt charity, be used as a tool to serve Mr. Trump’s political purpose.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, the Washington Post reporter, David Fahrenthold, revealed how Mr. Trump used the money from charitable funds – mostly funded by friends and close relationships – to settle business lawsuits and finance activities to build support for his campaign.
If this allegation is true, Mr. Trump may face financial fines, a 10-year ban on any nonprofit organization in New York. In addition, his three children, Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr. may also face a similar ban within a year.