Federal prosecutors issued a subpoena on Monday to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, but that investigation has nothing to do with the Trump White House, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Politico reported that Sanders attempted to distance the White House from the investigation on Tuesday, though she did not deny that illegal activity could have taken place.
Trump’s inaugural committee, which is just one more extension of the Trump universe under scrutiny from federal prosecutors, was hit with a subpoena on Monday for documents reportedly related to the nonprofit’s donors and whether they received any benefits for their contributions. Prosecutors also sought information about attendees at Trump’s 2017 swearing-in and whether any donations were made on behalf of foreign nationals.
Appearing on CNN’s “New Day”, Sanders was asked if she had confidence that nothing illegal took place within the committee, to which she responded: “I'm reading the same reports you are this morning, gathering the information.”
However, Sanders stated the issue does not involve Trump himself, saying “what I do know at this point is this has nothing to do with the White House.”
Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the notion that the president was a common factor in the legal woes afflicting his inner circle, arguing instead that “the common thread is a hysteria over the fact that this president became president.”
“The common thread is that there is so much hatred out there that they will look for anything to try to create and tie problems to this president,” she said, adding that Trump has urged cooperation with the investigation and that the White House itself has cooperated.