Karl Racine’s official title is Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and he just crossed the mythical red line.
He just issued a subpoena to Melania Trump’s former right-hand woman and good friend from her time as a socialite in New York.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has turned over the documents requested by Racine – it should be noted Wolkoff already cooperated with the SDNY when they nailed Michael Cohen for his crimes.
Wolkoff also turned over documents to Adam Schiff. So if she did anything wrong, she would have been busted a long time ago. No, this looks like an attempt to embarrass Melania to get to Trump.
From Vanity Fair: While Cohen reads through the prison library and works out with “The Situation” in the Otisville Correctional Facility’s gym, his former neighbor on Park Avenue Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was having a different sort of summer.
Last month, Wolkoff received a subpoena from the Washington, D.C., attorney general’s office, requesting documents related to President Trump’s inauguration, which Wolkoff had a heavy hand in planning.
The $107 million event has been under investigation for months, including by federal prosecutors in New York and New Jersey, for profligate spending and questions about foreign donations. The latest subpoena appears to be probing potential self-dealing by the Trump Organization and members of the president’s family, according to two people familiar with the investigation.
Wolkoff complied with the request, according to these sources, by the July 26 deadline, which asked her to turn over records involving the inaugural event, the president’s family and associates, and expenditures by the inaugural committee that could shine a light on whether the nonprofit group provided private benefits to the Trump Organization.
The attorney general appears to be particularly interested in payments being made through the inaugural committee to Trump-owned businesses, and whether there was a fair bidding process for contractors.
In response to a request for comment, Wolkoff said she signed a nondisclosure agreement and could not comment on any investigation, subpoena, or her cooperation.
“If the [Presidential Inaugural Committee] wants to release me from this obligation, I would be able to speak freely without the fear of legal or financial repercussions,” she said in a statement. “Otherwise, I am regrettably unable to provide substantial comment.”
Her lawyer did not respond to a request for comment. The White House declined to comment. A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond.
The gulf between what Wolkoff knows and what she is publicly able to say can be measured in tens of thousands of documents, email exchanges, meeting minutes, and phone calls.
She has, after all, known first lady Melania Trump for years, making her one of a small circle of confidants. As I reported earlier this year, the two were close enough that she would spend the night in the residence at the White House with the first lady.