Bloomberg News reports:
Elliott Broidy, a former top political fundraiser for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, has been charged as part of a wide-ranging federal probe into back-channel efforts to influence the U.S. government on behalf of foreign interests. Broidy participated in a scheme to illegally lobby the Trump administration to stop investigating the embezzlement scandal at the 1MDB Malaysian state investment fund, according to charging documents unsealed on Wednesday.
The charges against Broidy were detailed in a criminal information, which often precedes a guilty plea. Two other people involved in the scheme have already pleaded guilty: George Higginbotham, a former Justice Department official, and Nickie Mali Lum Davis, a Broidy business associate. She admitted in August that she illegally lobbied the U.S. government to end the 1MDB probe and, separately, to return Guo Wengui, the wealthy Chinese exile.
As a reminder, Steve Bannon was arrested this summer while living on Wengui’s yacht. As you may also recall, Michael Cohen brokered a $1.6M payoff to a Playboy model that Broidy says he impregnated and coerced into having an abortion. After the hush money was revealed in April, Broidy resigned as the RNC’s deputy finance chair.
NEW: Elliot Broidy, the former deputy finance chairman of the RNC, has been charged for foreign lobbying in trying to get the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the massive Malaysian embezzlement scheme 1MDB. https://t.co/PA4tps05T9
— Axios (@axios) October 8, 2020
Of course Trump golf clubs show up in the Elliot Broidy indictment… pic.twitter.com/8iMTJ7ZwDk
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 8, 2020
Elliot Broidy, the former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been indicted by federal prosecutors for allegedly lobbying the federal government — including Trump himself — on behalf of China. pic.twitter.com/QJPAOnqotT
— Jacob Shamsian (@JayShams) October 8, 2020