A federal subpoena seeking documents from Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is part of “a hysteria” over the fact that he is president, the White House press secretary has said.
Federal prosecutors in New York issued the wide-ranging subpoena on Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent 107 million US dollars on events celebrating Mr Trump’s 2017 inauguration.
Inaugural committee spokeswoman Kristin Celauro told The Associated Press the committee was still reviewing the subpoena and “It is our intention to co-operate with the inquiry”.
The investigation is the latest in a series of criminal inquiries into Mr Trump’s campaign and presidency.
“Actually, I think the common thread is a hysteria over the fact that this president became president,” Sarah Sanders said in response to a reporter’s question.
“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.”
Later, Ms Sanders told reporters the investigation “has nothing to do with the White House”.
“I think the biggest focus and the thing that most Americans care about has nothing to do with the inaugural and it has everything to do with what the path forward looks like,” she said.
The subpoena seeks “all documents” related to the committee’s donors and vendors, as well as records relating to “benefits” donors received after making contributions.
The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan declined to comment.