- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2019

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday the New York federal investigation into the Trump inaugural committee has “nothing to do” with the White House.

On CNN’s “New Day,” Mrs. Sanders distanced the Trump administration from the team that organized his inaugural celebration.

“What I do know at this point is that this has nothing to do with the White House,” she said, referring CNN host John Berman to the committee for more details.

On Monday, reports surfaced that prosecutors in the Southern District of New York subpoenaed documents from the president’s inaugural committee.

In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that New York prosecutors were looking into whether or not the committee misspent some of the $107 million that was donated. The probe was also trying to determine if top donors were given special access and influence to the president in exchange for their funds.

The New York Times and ABC News reported that the federal prosecutors are investigating if foreign nations, specifically Qatar, Saudi Arabia or other Middle Eastern nations, made illegal contributions to the committee and a super PAC supporting the president.

Mrs. Sanders pushed back against the suggestion that the investigation does relate to the president in that he’s a “common thread.”

She argued the real commonality is a “hysteria” over Mr. Trump’s presidency.

“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,” Mrs. Sanders said.

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