By Mark Wilson / Reuters, The Associated Press, AP article TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
– U.S. President Donald Trump has been the subject of an ongoing federal investigation into his finances, a law enforcement source said Friday.
The source said Trump is a target because of the potential for conflicts of interest in his dealings with the federal government.
In July, the Associated Press first reported that Trump had paid a lawyer more than $1 million in fees to represent himself.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said he never received a dime from the lawyer.
The AP obtained a copy of the payment from the government in July.
It was disclosed in a document filed with the U.N. Security Council.
A spokesman for the Justice Department declined to comment on the AP’s findings.
The Associated States attorney in Florida said in a statement that “this investigation has been ongoing for several months, and it is the AG’s practice not to comment publicly on ongoing investigations.”
A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the FBI and U.P.S., the federal agency that handles the investigation, are involved in the probe.
The investigation has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups and some Democrats who say it’s an attempt to intimidate potential Trump opponents.
But some Trump supporters say they support the investigation because of Trump’s reputation for being transparent and being honest.
It’s clear the FBI is going to investigate Trump’s finances, but he has the power to keep it quiet, said Andrew Smith, an expert on presidential ethics and director of the law school at the University of Southern California.
“That’s why we need to hold Trump accountable,” Smith said.