ProPublica: Feds searched office of top Trump, GOP fundraiser

ProPublica: Feds searched office of top Trump, GOP fundraiser
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Former deputy Republican National Committee Finance Chairman Elliott Broidy

Federal law enforcement officials raided top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy’s office last summer as part of a wide-ranging investigation into whether he illegally peddled his influence with the Trump administration on behalf of foreign officials, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica.

Federal authorities executed the search warrant at Broidy’s Los Angeles office last summer, according to ProPublica, to seize records related to his dealings with dozens of individuals, foreign countries and companies.

News outlets reported last summer that Broidy was under federal investigation for his dealings with Chinese and Malaysian officials and his attempts to influence US policy relating to the two countries, but the sealed search warrant offers new details about the extent and seriousness of the probe.

While the search warrant is reportedly from the summer and Broidy has not been charged, it’s not clear if the investigation remains ongoing.

Christopher Clark, an attorney for Broidy, did not respond to CNN’s request for comment, but told The Washington Post in a statement last summer: “Elliott Broidy has never agreed to work for, been retained by nor been compensated by any foreign government for any interaction with the United States Government, ever. Any implication to the contrary is a lie.”

Law enforcement officials sought to seize records related to Broidy’s interactions with officials from both of those countries, as well as with Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. And they were also seeking records related to Rick Gates, the former Trump campaign official and deputy chairman of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee who pleaded guilty last year to federal charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Broidy, a top fundraiser for Trump’s 2016 campaign, was named deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee in April 2017, only to resign a year later after payments he made to a former Playboy model in exchange for her silence about their affair became public. But before his resignation, the venture capitalist maintained close ties with top Trump administration officials and the President.