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Washington Post: Justice Department preparing to charge former Trump inaugural fundraiser Elliot Broidy

September 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Justice Department is preparing to charge former Donald Trump inaugural fundraiser Elliot Broidy related to wrongful foreign lobbying allegations, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department is preparing to charge former Donald Trump inaugural fundraiser Elliot Broidy related to wrongful foreign lobbying allegations, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Post reported that Broidy's possible charges stem from his efforts to convince senior Trump administration officials to abandon a corruption probe into the Malaysian government and to press for an exiled Chinese dissident to be extradited.

Broidy has been in talks with the Justice Department and could negotiate a plea deal, according to the paper.

Prosecutors have been investigating Broidy for at least two years, looking into whether the Los Angeles private investor sought to sell his influence with the Trump administration.

The news comes after the Justice Department procured a guilty plea from Nickie Mali Lum Davis, who the Post said is a business associate of Broidy.

She is a Hollywood producer and fundraiser who is identified as having "specifically agreed to facilitate Person B's lobbying of the President of the United States ("the President"), his Administration, and the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") to drop the investigation" of a foreign national for his role in a Malaysian corruption investigation.

Broidy served as a finance vice chair of Trump's inaugural committee and the deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until April 2018, when he resigned following reports that he had paid $1. 6 million to a former Playboy model who alleged Broidy had impregnated her.

People familiar with the matter confirmed to the Post that Person B was Broidy.

Broidy has repeatedly denied charges against him.

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