Justice Dept investigating GOP fundraiser for allegedly offering Trump admin actions in exchange for payments: report
Elliott Broidy, a longtime GOP fundraiser and former Republican National Committee (RNC) official, is reportedly under investigation for allegedly offering actions by the Trump administration to foreign officials for tens of millions of dollars.
The Washington Post reported Friday, citing sources familiar with the investigation, that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is examining a plan allegedly created by Broidy to try and convince Trump officials to extradite a Chinese dissident.
Prosecutors are also reportedly looking at claims that Broidy wanted $75 million from a Malaysian business official if a DOJ probe into a Malaysian government-run development fund was ended.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to The Post.
Christopher Clark, an attorney for Broidy, told The Hill, “Elliott Broidy 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. Any implication to the contrary is a lie.”
The newspaper reported that the prosecutors have subpoenaed former RNC finance chair Steve Wynn for copies of records on Broidy.
Wynn’s attorney, Reid Weingarten, told The Post that the former RNC official is “completely cooperating with the investigation and he certainly has no reason to believe that anyone acted improperly in anything he knew about or was involved in.”
The Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller has also asked at least one witness in his probe about Broidy’s business deals.
President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani told the newspaper that he did not know of any records requests about the Trump fundraiser.
The Post noted that the allegations that have reportedly caught the eyes of DOJ officials are from hacked emails detailed in media reports.
Broidy sued the Qatari government in March, alleging that country officials had hacked his emails and leaked his information to the media as part of a “hostile intelligence operation.”
The Qatar Embassy in the U.S. disputed those allegations at the time, calling the legal action “a transparent attempt to divert attention from U.S. media reports about his activities.”
The prominent fundraiser for Trump has faced national media attention for the allegations in the emails, as well as the revelation that he paid a Playboy model who said she was pregnant with his child.
Broidy stepped down as the RNC’s deputy finance chairman in April, after he acknowledged that he made the payment to the model.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen helped to negotiate the payment between the model and the Republican fundraiser.
The former model, Shera Bechard, is currently suing Broidy, her former attorney Keith Davidson and Stormy Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti over the GOP fundraiser’s 2017 agreement to pay her $1.6 million.
Bechard alleges in the complaint that Broidy halted the payments to her after details of their affair were leaked to Avenatti.
Avenatti is representing Daniels’ in her own lawsuit against Cohen, claiming that a nondisclosure agreement she signed about her alleged affair with Trump is void because the president never signed the document himself.
Updated: 7:58 p.m.