One of President Donald Trump’s top fundraisers was cited in Justice Department documents for receiving laundered foreign money to lobby the administration, The New York Times reports.
Elliot Broidy was the Finance Vice Chairman of Trump’s campaign and was named the Deputy Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee following Trump’s victory.
Federal prosecutors claim Broidy “was paid to lobby the Trump administration to try to end an investigation related to the embezzlement of billions of dollars from a Malaysian state-owned fund” The Times explained.
The court filings were part of a guilty plea by former Justice Department employee George Higginbotham, who lied while funneling tens of millions of dollars into the United States received from Malaysian financier Jho Low.
Higginbotham funneled the money with the help of former Fugees band member Pras Michel.
“The charging papers and supporting documents do not identify Mr. Broidy or his wife, Robin Rosenzweig, by name, and neither has been charged with a crime,” The Times explained. “But the facts of the case align with previous reporting on Mr. Broidy’s efforts related to 1MDB, as well as emails from Mr. Broidy that were stolen from Ms. Rosenzweig’s account and disseminated to news outlets that match emails cited in Friday’s court filings.”
Broidy has “attracted scrutiny” from special counsel Robert Mueller.
He has also attracted scrutiny from late night comics for hush money payments to a former Playboy magazine model.
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