Oh look, it’s Elliott Broidy again.
Courtesy of the AP:
A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee to drum up business deals with foreign leaders, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press and people familiar with the matter.
A wide-ranging subpoena the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn recently sent to Trump’s inaugural committee seeks records relating to 20 individuals and businesses. All have connections to Broidy, his investment and defense contracting firms, and foreign officials he pursued deals with — including the current president of Angola and two politicians in Romania.
Prosecutors appear to be investigating whether Broidy exploited his access to Trump for personal gain and violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to offer foreign officials “anything of value” to gain a business advantage. Things of value in this case could have been an invitation to the January 2017 inaugural events or access to Trump.
A statement released to the AP by Broidy’s attorneys said that at no point did Broidy or his global security firm Circinus have a contract or exchange of money with “any Romanian government agency, proxy or agent.” It also said that while Circinus did reach an agreement with Angola in 2016 there was no connection whatsoever to the inauguration or Broidy’s role on the inaugural committee.
“Any implication to the contrary is completely false,” the statement said.
Okay but here’s the thing.
In order to even get a grand jury to launch an investigation like this, you have to have some pretty compelling evidence.
Back in March the Justice Department raided his offices and forced him to use his fingerprints to unlock his phones so that they could investigate them.
That’s the evidence they undoubtedly used to convene this grand jury.
You may remember Broidy as the GOP fundraiser who paid that Playboy model 1.6 million to keep her quiet about their affair.
Why do I get the feeling that that affair is going to come up again in THIS investigation?