Grand jury reportedly probing Trump PAC leadership
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury is reportedly seeking information on Donald Trump’s leadership PAC for Save America as investigations into the former president continue to expand.
ABC News first reported Thursday that subpoenas issued in recent weeks questioned recipients about the political action committee’s formation, fundraising activities and spending.
The Justice Department and a Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump is now the subject of numerous ongoing federal and state investigations, including several probing his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol building, his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and how thousands of government documents, including documents with highly classified markings, ended up at his private club Mar-a-Lago.
Trump raised funds aggressively in the 2020 election, capitalizing on the anger of his supporters and their refusal to accept his loss. During its hearings, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack said Trump’s fundraising machine raised some $250 million through its ‘Stop the Steal’ campaigns. and others in the aftermath of the election, mostly in the form of small-dollar donations from Americans. A plea for money was launched 30 minutes before the January 6 uprising.
“Not only was there the big lie, there was the big scam,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, said of the effort.
No credible evidence has emerged to support Trump’s claims that the election was marred by mass fraud. Many state and local election officials, including Trump’s own attorney general and the judges he has appointed, have also dismissed the claims.
Trump’s PAC – which he used to pay for his post-presidential rallies, other trips, legal fees and even the portraits of him and the former first lady that will one day hang in the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian – has raised millions since its inception. It ended in July with just under $100 million in cash, according to government documents.
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