WaPo: Federal Prosecutors Preparing To Charge Ex-Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy
The Washington Post reports that federal prosecutors “are preparing to charge longtime GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy in connection with efforts to influence the U.S. government on behalf of foreign interests, according to people familiar with the matter.”
- The report notes that the likely charges are the result of a “years-long investigation that involved a figure who helped raise millions for Donald Trump’s election and the Republican Party.”
- At issue is Broidy’s “alleged role in a campaign to persuade high-level Trump administration officials to drop an investigation of Malaysian government corruption, as well as for his attempt to push for the extradition of an outspoken Chinese dissident back to his home country,” sources told The Post.
- Those individuals said Broidy has been in discussions with the Department of Justice and could reach a plea deal.
- “The case has intensified in recent weeks, with prosecutors securing a guilty plea Monday from one of Broidy’s business associates, Nickie Mali Lum Davis,” the newspaper reported.
- Davis “admitted to taking part in what prosecutors have described in charging documents as a “back-channel lobbying campaign” to end the Malaysian corruption investigation and to return Chinese exile Guo Wengui to his home country.”
Guo is a vocal online critic of the Chinese government who was once allied with that country’s government elite but is now wanted by authorities in Beijing on charges of fraud, blackmail and bribery. He has denied those charges and said they are politically motivated.
- A charging document filed in Davis’ case indicates she “admitted she aided and abetted the efforts of two others involved in the influence campaigns, identified only as Person A and Person B. People familiar with the matter identified them as Fugees rapper Pras Michel and Broidy, respectively.”
A previous attorney for Broidy has said he has “never agreed to work for, been retained by nor been compensated by any foreign government for any interaction with the United States government, ever.” Broidy told the New York Times in 2018 in a statement: “This whole narrative is a fabrication driven by hackers who want to undermine me.”