White House distances Trump from inaugural committee amid new scrutiny

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders distanced President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE from his inauguration committee Thursday amid reports that it is being investigated by federal prosecutors.

"That doesn't have anything to do with the president or the first lady," Sanders told reporters, according to CNN.


"The biggest thing the president did, his engagement in the inauguration, was to come here and raise his hand and take the oath of office. The president was focused on the transition at that time and not on any of the planning for the inauguration."

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether Trump's 2017 inauguration committee misspent funds or accepted donations in exchange for access to the administration.

Trump's inaugural committee raised nearly $107 million, and many of those donations came from some of the biggest campaign supporters.

The Journal said it could not determine which funds are under scrutiny by prosecutors.

Trump has yet to publicly comment on the reports.