Feds raided Trump fundraiser's office after megadonor allegedly tried to sell access to foreigners: Report
Federal authorities raided the Los Angeles office of longtime Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last year as part of an investigation into whether he attempted to influence U.S. policy on behalf of foreigners, according to a search warrant obtained by the investigative reporting organization ProPublica.
Broidy, an ally of President Donald Trump, was previously the national deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. He resigned after it was revealed that he had paid off a Playboy model to keep quiet about Trump's alleged extramarital affair. The Washington Post reported in August that Broidy was under investigation for allegedly offering to sway White House policy in exchange for tens of millions of dollars. Broidy was allegedly in contact with officials from China and Malaysia as part of this scheme.
The Justice Department was reportedly looking at ties between Broidy and Malaysian businessman Jho Low. The Malaysian was indicted in the U.S. last year for money laundering and violating foreign anti-bribery laws, and Broidy allegedly lobbied for the Justice Department to drop its investigation into the businessman.