Oh, I remember this guy.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Federal prosecutors are preparing to charge longtime GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy in connection with efforts to influence the U.S. government on behalf of foreign interests, according to people familiar with the matter, a result of a sprawling, years-long investigation that involved a figure who helped raise millions for Donald Trump’s election and the Republican Party.
Broidy is under scrutiny for his alleged role in a campaign to persuade high-level Trump administration officials to drop an investigation of Malaysian government corruption, as well as for his attempt to push for the extradition of an outspoken Chinese dissident back to his home country, according to the people, who, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation.
He has been in discussions with the Justice Department and could ultimately reach a plea deal, they said.
The case has intensified in recent weeks, with prosecutors securing a guilty plea Monday from one of Broidy’s business associates, Nickie Mali Lum Davis, who admitted to taking part in what prosecutors have described in charging documents as a “back-channel lobbying campaign” to end the Malaysian corruption investigation and to return Chinese exile Guo Wengui to his home country.
Guo is a vocal online critic of the Chinese government who was once allied with that country’s government elite but is now wanted by authorities in Beijing on charges of fraud, blackmail and bribery. He has denied those charges and said they are politically motivated.
If the name Elliot Broidy sounds familiar to all of you it may be because we talked about him here on IM, first in regard to his participation in the Trump inauguration kerfuffle, and then concerning the story about his affair with that Playboy model, the fact that he paid for her abortion, and that she claimed he gave her herpes. (Here is the link.)
The interesting thing about Broidy’s attempts to get that dissident on a plane back to China is that he was successful.
Trump was eager to extradite Guo, as the Chinese wished, telling aides in an Oval Office meeting that he supported the plan, according to a former administration official familiar with his views.
Priebus passed along the extradition request to the National Security Council, where it was vetted by a senior White House lawyer, John Eisenberg, who conferred with then-White House Counsel Donald McGahn, the official said.
White House lawyers agreed that extradition, which was opposed by the Justice Department, would not be appropriate, according to the official. McGahn later told aides who asked about the status request, “We killed that,” the official said.
So once again Trump was perfectly willing to allow himself to be influenced to do something unethical by representatives of a foreign country and only stopped because his handlers would not let him.
So I’ve lost count, how many indicted Trump folks will this make now?