Elliott Broidy, a former top fundraiser for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy for failing to disclose that he was acting on behalf of foreign officials when lobbying the US government to drop a criminal investigation, CNN reported.
Prosecutors accused Broidy of violating a foreign lobbying law as part of a scheme to get the Justice Department to drop an investigation into the $4.5 billion embezzlement scandal involving the Malaysia state development fund, known as 1MDB, per CNN. Broidy was lobbying on behalf of Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman who was indicted by the Justice Department two years ago in connection with the fraud.
NOW Longtime GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy charged with conspiring to act as a foreign agent for 1MDB Jho Taek Low and Chinese government official, is likely to plead guilty, via @mattzap https://t.co/0ETpMTn1dD
— Spencer Hsu (@hsu_spencer) October 8, 2020
Prosecutors also allege that Broidy illicitly and unsuccessfully lobbied the Trump Administration for the removal of a Chinese national living in the U.S., and attempted to facilitate a meeting between a Chinese minister and top Trump Administration officials, according to CNN.
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