Prosecutors Wanted Trump’s Foreign Business Deals Since 2017. According to someone who knows the situation, in April, Special Counsel Jack Smith filed a subpoena to Donald Trump’s corporation demanding any information dating back to 2017, when he became president, of any business dealings conducted in seven foreign countries.
Speaking anonymously on an ongoing criminal probe, this source indicated that the inquiry uncovered little that wasn’t previously public knowledge.
The source stated that the prosecution wanted to know about real estate or development transactions in China, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman.
Only one agreement from that period is shown on the public Trump Organization website; it was completed after Trump departed the White House and involved Oman. Trump’s administration has openly stated that they would not negotiate any deals of this nature while their boss was in power.
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment. Smith’s spokesperson remained silent.
When the subpoena was initially reported by the New York Times, no one knew why they had been issued. But federal prosecutors are trying to determine if Trump had any financial motivation to preserve hundreds of sensitive documents at his Mar-a-Lago home and private club in Florida after his tenure ended.
The Washington Post reported last year that investigators did not find any clear financial motive in the documents discovered from Mar-a-Lago, even though they contained sensitive material concerning U.S. intelligence-gathering geared at China and other subjects.
According to the informed individual, the same subpoena sent by Smith’s office in April also sought information about Trump’s deal to organize tournaments for the LIV Golf tour, which Saudi Arabia funds.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith in November to lead the investigation into the classified documents kept at Trump’s home, including the more than 100 documents recovered in an FBI raid months after his advisers claimed they had conducted a “diligent search” of the property in response to a subpoena and turned over “any” documents with classified markings.
The inquiry into Mar-a-Lago has focused on two possible crimes: obstruction for failing to comply with the subpoena and mishandling of national security secrets for storing sensitive materials in an unauthorized location.
Smith is also in charge of an alternate investigation into the events leading up to the January 6, 2021, riot involving Trump somehow. This investigation concerns Trump’s fundraising efforts following the 2020 presidential election and his attempts to prevent Joe Biden’s official certification as the winner.