This happened last summer.
Courtesy of Pro Publica:
Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica.
Agents were authorized to use the megadonor’s hands and face to unlock any phones that required fingerprint or facial scans.
The Washington Post reported in August that the Justice Department was investigating Broidy. The sealed warrant offers new details of federal authorities’ investigation of allegations that Broidy had attempted to cash in on his Trump White House connections in dealings with foreign officials. It also shows that the government took a more aggressive approach with the Trump ally than was previously known, entering his office and removing records — just as it did with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Broidy served as a major Trump campaign fundraiser and was the national deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned in April 2018, when it was revealed he had agreed to secretly pay off a former Playboy model in exchange for her silence about their affair.
The search warrant cites three potential crimes that authorities are investigating: conspiracy, money laundering and violations of the law barring covert lobbying on behalf of foreign officials. To obtain a search warrant, authorities have to convince a judge that there’s a probable cause they will find evidence of those specific crimes
The warrant, filed in July 2018, targeted Broidy’s office in Los Angeles. The scope of what authorities were seeking was broad. They planned to seize any evidence related to a list of dozens of people, countries and corporate entities, according to the warrant. Among the names on the list are Rick Gates, the former Trump campaign official who has pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe; Colfax Law Office, the firm founded by Robin Rosenzweig, Broidy’s wife; and several foreign countries.
Damn, they actually forced him to use his fingerprints and face to open his electronic devices, that must be especially humiliating.
Apparently, the Feds are also looking for evidence that would shed light on Broidy’s role in pushing the White House toward making policy decisions that would benefit the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Ooh, now that’s intriguing.
If some of you are thinking that this Broidy fellow sounds familiar, well you are so right.
He is the guy who paid off that Playboy model after giving her a baby (supposedly) and a case of herpes. (Here is the link.)
At this point, if I were even remotely associated with Donald Trump, his campaign, his White House, or anybody in his family, I would be lawyering up in preparation of the shit storm that is surely headed my way.