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Former Trump fundraising illegal 1MDB, China lobbying | China

Former Trump fundraising illegal 1MDB, China lobbying |  China

Elliott Brody was hired by the Malaysian Fugitive Financier to withdraw the 1MDB investigation.

A top-level fundraising case has been filed against President Donald Trump over allegations that he illegally lobbied the US government to withdraw the investigation into the Malaysia 1MDB corruption scandal and expel the deported Chinese billionaire.

Elliott Bridey has been charged in Washington federal court with conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent following allegations that he agreed to take millions of dollars to lobby the Trump administration.

An indictment on Thursday revealed that an unnamed foreign national hired Brody in 2017, who did not understand that he was a techie in the Malaysian financier, to pressure US officials to end the investigation into the multi-billion dollar scandal at the Malaysian State Fund 1MDB. This overwhelmed the then Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The scandal involved the theft of more than $ 4.5 billion from the State Fund 1MDB, which was used to buy luxury properties, art, designer goods and fund the Hollywood movie Wolf of Wall Street, built by Najib’s stepfather. Lo, who is now on the run, is accused of being a center of fraud.

At the time, Brody was National Deputy Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee after Trump raised key funds for a successful 2016 presidential election campaign.

Golf with Najib

Following his appointment by Lo, the indictment alleges that Brody personally requested Trump to invite Najib to play golf during the Malaysian leader’s September 2017 US tour.

The aim is to give Najib, who was convicted in the first of July in a series of trials related to the 1MDB, the opportunity to “try to resolve the 1MDB issue” with the US leader.

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The game of golf never happened and his role in the acquisition of billions from 1MDB was charged in 2018.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (center) was found guilty of corruption in the first of a series of cases related to the 1MDB scandal and sentenced to 12 years in prison in July. He is appealing the verdict [Vincent Thian/AP Photo]

Even in Malaysia, which has been accused of the scandal, it has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. He is believed to be in China and hid in the semi-autonomous territory of Macau in July, Malaysian police said.

In addition, in May 2017, Broide was introduced to a Chinese Minister of State, and they discussed Beijing’s desire to deport a Chinese businessman who had been expelled from Washington, the indictment said.

It does not name the person, but the businessman Guo Wengui, a prominent dissenting businessman.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sun Lijun, a Chinese official, was Beijing’s powerful deputy minister of public safety at the time.

China lobbying

The indictment illustrates Brody’s serious lobbying of the White House, the Justice Department and law enforcement on behalf of China, even without direct talks, including contacts with Trump.

The goal of the lobbying conspiracy, the indictment, is to “make millions of dollars by realizing Brody’s access and influence with the president and his administration.”

The indictment comes just weeks after Hawaii businessman Nicki Mali Lum Davis, a key partner in the 1MDB case and the Guo case on charges of illegal lobbying, pleaded guilty.

Guo remained in the United States, where he continued to campaign against the Beijing authorities, working with another longtime Trump ally, Steve Bunnan.

Bunnan was arrested in August while on Guo’s boat off the coast of Connecticut and is accused of defrauding donors to the Mexican border wall project.

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