FORMER TRUMP FUNDRAISER ELLIOTT BROIDY CHARGED WITH ILLICIT LOBBYING ON 1MDB,CHINA
A former leading fundraiser for President Donald Trump has been indicted on a charge that he illegally lobbied the US government to drop its probe into the Malaysia 1MDB corruption scandal and to deport an exiled Chinese billionaire.
Elliott Broidy was charged in Washington federal court with one count of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent after allegedly agreeing to take millions of dollars to lobby the Trump administration.
The indictment, made public on Thursday , said Broidy was recruited in 2017 by an unnamed foreign national, understood to be Malaysian Low Taek Jho, to pressure US officials to end their investigation of a scandal engulfing former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.
The scandal involved the theft of more than US$4.5 billion from state investment fund 1MDB, and Low was central to moving and hiding some of the stolen funds.
At the time Broidy was national deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee after having been a major fundraiser for Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign.