FBI searched home and office of lobbyist Trump denied knowing: report

FBI searched home and office of lobbyist Trump denied knowing: report
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The home and office of Michael Esposito, the lobbyist who claimed he had inside access to the Trump administration but whom the president denied knowing, was searched by the FBI, The Washington Post reported Friday.

FBI agents are investigating Esposito for evidence of possible fraud, whether by defrauding his clients or financial fraud. Agents went to his home in Virginia and his firm, Federal Advocates, at 1666 K St. NW on Thursday.

Federal Advocates did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment and the FBI denied a request for comment.

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The Washington Post reported in November that Federal Advocates has quadrupled its revenues by touting ties to Trump. Esposito advertised his relationship with the president's son Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpTrump Jr. challenges Hunter Biden to debate him over who has benefited most off their fathers' time in office Warren makes surprise appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' after dropping out of 2020 race New documents show Trump Organization has charged Secret Service 8,000 since 2017 MORE and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerWhite House preparing to promote malaria drugs on online platform to combat coronavirus: report Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried In the Saudi-Russian oil price war, the US blinks first MORE. Both have denied knowing him.

Trump said in November that he did not know Esposito in response to the article.

“I don’t know, to the best of my knowledge, a man named Michael Esposito. I don’t like him using my name to build his consulting company, or whatever,” Trump tweeted at the time. “Please advise his clients and Administration officials accordingly.” 

Federal Advocates was hired by 36 clients in 2019 and 31 of those contracts included Esposito, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The firm made $4.76 million last year.

Updated 1:50 p.m.