Does This Mean Donald Trump Is Also Involved In The 1MDB Scandal?

 U.S. prosecutors have filed charges against a former fundraiser for US President Donald Trump after he was found lobbying the US government to drop an investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and win the extradition of a Chinese billionaire.


According to a report released by The New York Times, the fundraiser, Elliott Broidy, 63, was charged with conspiracy to violate foreign entity lobbying laws.


Based on a prosecution paper revealed to the public yesterday, Justice Department prosecutors claimed Broidy received US $ 6 million from a foreign client alleged to be the mastermind of the 1MDB scandal, Low Taek Jho or Jho Low to urge US officials to end the investigation into the 1MDB scandal. involving the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.


Broidy once asked Trump to invite Najib to play golf to give Najib a chance to resolve the 1MDB issue with Trump in 2017.


However, the golf game never happened and Low was accused of his role in channeling billions of dollars from 1MDB in 2018.


In addition, the foreign client also introduced Broidy to a Chinese minister. The Chinese minister, known as Sun Lijun, who at the time held the post of Deputy Minister of Public Security, is said to have expressed Beijing's desire for Washington to send a Chinese tycoon home.


The rich man is said to be known as Guo Wengui, a well-known businessman.



The prosecution comes just weeks after Low and Broidy's main business partner, a Hawaiian woman businessman, Nickie Mali Lum Davis pleaded guilty to illegal lobbying in the 1MDB and Wengui cases.


Wengui is reportedly still in the US, where he continues his campaign against extradition to China and collaborates with another Trump aide, Steve Bannon.


Bannon, however, was arrested last August while boarding a Wengui yacht in Connecticut and allegedly involved in fraud in a Mexican border wall construction project.


Broidy was the main fundraiser for the Republican party for several years but he resigned from the political arena after allegedly being involved in corruption cases involving retirement funds in 2009.


When Trump was announced as the presidential candidate for the Republican party in 2016, Broidy became one of the earliest major contributors to Trump at a time when many Republican fundraisers shunned him.