The Truth social community brand is seen on a smartphone in entrance of a show of former U.S. President Donald Trump on this image illustration taken February 21, 2022.

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Former President Donald Trump left the board of his social media company simply weeks before it was issued subpoenas by the Securities and Exchange Commission and a federal grand jury in Manhattan, information present.

Trump, who had served because the chair of Trump Media and Technology Group, was one in every of six board members eliminated, in line with a June 8 filing with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations. His son Donald Trump Jr. additionally departed the board, together with Wes Moss, Kashyap Patel, Andrew Northwall and Scott Glabe.

Truth Social, the company’s social media app supposed to be a substitute for Twitter, posted an announcement Thursday denying that Trump had left the board. A spokesperson for the company didn’t instantly reply to make clear the filing with the Florida state company.

The “Board of Directors” web page on Trump Media’s web site appeared clean as of Thursday afternoon.

The departures had been first reported by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The SEC served the company with a subpoena on June 27. Three days later, a federal grand jury in Manhattan issued a subpoena to the agency. Grand jury subpoenas usually point out a felony investigation is in progress.

The company mentioned final week not one of the subpoenas had been directed at Trump.

The subpoenas seem like associated to a proposed merger between Trump Media and Technology and Digital World Acquisition Corp. DWAC disclosed the reference to a felony probe Friday. Per week prior, DWAC mentioned the federal government investigations may delay and even forestall its merger with Trump’s newly fashioned company.

The Justice Department and the SEC, which regulates the inventory market, are investigating the deal between DWAC and Trump Media. By merging with DWAC, which is a sort of shell company referred to as a particular objective acquisition company, or SPAC, Trump’s agency would achieve entry to probably billions of {dollars} on public equities markets.

Early criticism of the deal got here from Sen. Elizabeth Warren in November. She wrote to SEC Chair Gary Gensler, telling him that DWAC “may have committed securities violations by holding private and undisclosed discussions about the merger as early as May 2021, while omitting this information in [SEC] filing and other public statements.”

Shares of DWAC had been down lower than a p.c Thursday, however have fallen greater than 50% up to now this 12 months.

—CNBC’s Mike Calia contributed to this report.


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