Broidy is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy later this month in a deal with the Justice Department to resolve the investigation against him, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
A Broidy attorney, reached by CNN, declined to comment. The Justice Department could not be reached immediately for comment.
The criminal case, initiated by the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Department, was described in a criminal complaint filed in Washington DC District Court this week.
According to a lawsuit, Broidy and others used encrypted messaging services to hide two-pronged lobbying and the millions in payments they received from Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman whom the Justice Department later accused of ransacking 1
Broidy was also accused of illegally campaigning with the Trump administration for the removal of a U.S. Chinese citizen who is wanted by the Chinese government. According to the criminal complaints, Broidy attempted to facilitate meetings between a Chinese minister and senior officials from the Trump administration, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security during a visit in May 2017. Neither lobbying efforts were successful.
The investigation into the lobbying campaign has led to charges against at least two other people, including a former Justice Department employee. It is also the culmination of a multi-year investigation into Broidy and marks a fall for the former Republican fundraiser, who rose to the top of GOP circles with access to the president.
Broidy, a Los Angeles businessman and longtime Republican, had helped Trump’s inaugural committee raise a record $ 107 million. He also served as the Republican National Committee’s deputy chief financial officer from 2017 to April 2018 when he resigned after it was revealed that Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, a former Playboy model who claims she was pregnant, was paying $ 1 Elliot Broidy made $ 6 million possible.
At the time, Broidy admitted the relationship, but didn’t address whether or not he impregnated the woman.
During his tenure in these top positions, the prosecutor said, Broidy tried simultaneously to use his access to the president and administrative officials. At that time, prosecutors claim, he started the lobbying campaign on behalf of Low.
The prosecution investigated the covert lobbying efforts almost from the start. In 2018, the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Division announced criminal charges against George Higginbotham, a Justice Department official who helped set up bank accounts to facilitate the transfer of funds from Low to the lobbyists. Higginbotham has pleaded guilty.
Last year, the Brooklyn federal prosecutor’s office, which is also investigating the 1MDB fraud, summoned the opening committee for information on Broidy’s contacts with overseas executives and companies, sources familiar with the investigation told CNN. The subpoena sought records of Broidy, five affiliated companies and foreign politicians – including the presidents of Angola and the Republic of the Congo and two Romanian politicians.
By August, Broidy employee Nickie Lum Davis pleaded guilty to endorsing and endorsing secret lobbying efforts.
The criminal complaints are not Broidy’s first run into the law. In 2009, Broidy pleaded guilty to New York State charges, admitting that he paid nearly $ 1 million as part of a pay-to-play program to raise an investment for his private equity fund the state pension fund. He avoided jail time by working with the authorities.