>> I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear->> Right off the bat, President Trump's inauguration was a source of great controversy.>> This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.>> And now it's reportedly the source of a criminal investigation. The Wall Street Journal reports that federal prosecutors are investigating whether Trump's Inaugural Committee misspent some of the funds it raised.
>> This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.>> Sighting people familiar with the matter, the paper said the probe opened by the Manhattan US attorney's office is examining whether some of the committees donors gave money in exchange for influencing policy or for access to the incoming administration.
This could present yet another legal threat for Trump and his White House. Which already faces a web of lawsuits and probes, like on Trump's campaign contacts with Russia, spending by Trump's foundation, or hush money payments to women made by the President's former lawyer. In fact, the journal reports that the investigation into the Inaugural Committee partly stemmed from the Michael Cohen probe.
Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes including orchestrating the hush money payments in violation of campaign laws. A spokesman for the Manhattan US attorney's office declined to comment. And spokespeople for the White House and Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.