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Former DOJ Employee (Jul2016-Aug2018) George Higginbotham Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Deceive US Banks about Millions of Dollars in Foreign Lobbying Funds - helped move millions related to lobbying for 1MDB (Elliot Broidy also pitched proposal to 1MDB)
justice.gov/opa/pr/former-…
There's no indication Elliott Broidy is involved in conspiracy involving Higginbotham - however Broidy pitched a proposal to earn $75 mil for getting DOJ to drop investigation of Malaysia's 1MDB - the same objective described in Higginbotham announcement
Another purpose of campaign Higginbotham was involved with was to persuade high-level U.S. government officials to have a separate foreign national residing in the US on a temporary visa removed from the US

Elliott Broidy also worked on a similar effort
justice.gov/opa/pr/former-…
prosecutors were scrutinizing a plan that "Broidy allegedly developed to try to persuade the Trump government to extradite a Chinese dissident back to his home country, a move sought by Chinese President Xi Jinping"
Broidy explored plans to force the exit from the US of Chinese billionaire and dissident, Guo Wengui, evidently to please Chinese allies in Malaysia while reaping payoffs from both the Chinese and the United Arab Emirates
nytimes.com/2018/04/19/wor…
Note - I've interspersed the DOJ announcement about Higginbotham (top tweet) with a few older articles about Broidy in thread above

The DOJ announcement doesn't mention anything about Broidy - but there are strong parallels in what he worked on and Higginbotham pleaded guilty to
US Seeks to Recover over $73 Million in Proceeds Traceable to Bank Fraud to Conceal the Involvement of Jho Taek Low - multiple bank accounts were opened by Prakazrel (“Pras”) Michel and George Higginbotham in 2017 to receive $ from accts of Jho Low - 1MDB
justice.gov/opa/pr/us-seek…
Higginbotham Forfeiture Complaint - the complaint indicates tens of millions of dollars from 1MDB's Jho Low have been seized
justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
This WSJ story describes how Elliott Broidy's wife Robin Rosenzweig runs Colfax Law Office a firm engaged by Pras Michel, a member of the 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees and a friend of Jho Low - Pras Michel is in today's DOJ 1MDB complaint w/Higginbotham
wsj.com/articles/trump…
This is a huge story - Elliott Broidy is in the middle of many Trump-related scandals - he's ex-RNC finance chair, ex-Michael Cohen client, business partner of George Nader, he tried to influence WH on behalf of UAE/Saudis - see thread below for more
From DOJ complaint:

MICHEL contacted INDIVIDUAL NO. 2 & INDIVIDUAL NO. 2 recommended retaining LAW ENTERPRISE NO. 1... owned by INDIVIDUAL NO. 1’s wife

Broidy's wife Robin Rosenzweig's law firm was engaged by Pras Michel

Broidy may be Individual No. 1

justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
Steven Brown who was sentenced to 5 years in prison this week for a multi-million fraud was a business associate of Elliott Broidy - and also a business associate of Rick Gates and in 2012/2013 did some Ukraine related work for both Gates and Paul Manafort
Here's a crazy detail in the Higginbotham complaint - while it appears Elliott Broidy's agreement was $8 mil retainer + $75 mil success fee to resolve 1MDB DOJ case - another client is noted who would get a $25 mil retainer and a $300 million success fee

justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
Elliott Broidy accepted at least $6M in laundered money to lobby the Trump administration to end the DOJ investigation into JHO LOW 1MDB scandal
Talking points for MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL NO.1 & US GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL NO.1 noted - US involvement in the 1MDB investigation was unnecessary because it was being handled by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, and Malaysia
justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
More on the 1MDB scandal - $4.5 billion was allegedly laundered by Malaysian financier Jho Low through 1MDB - Jho Low hired/paid Chris Christie, Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz, Trump Org ethics advisor Bobby Burchfield & Ed Rogers (w/BGR ex-Alfa Bank lobbyist)
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is linked to the 1MDB scandal, was Trump's golfing buddy
Money laundered through 1MDB funneled into Hollywood where Red Granite which produced the Wolf of Wall Street agreed to pay a settlement of $60 million related to the case
Individual 2 is likely Nickie/Nicky Lum Davis, a Hollywood producer, who was identified yesterday by @ThomasS4217 and matched through additional verifications including reporting that she was intermediary with Broidy, Rosenzweig, Pras Michel and Jho Low
And @USseriously noted likely identities of others mentioned in the complaint - however note that the 3 government officials were mentioned in the context of scheduling meetings, not being part of the complaint or conspiracy
Here's one way yesterday's DOJ complaint related to 1MDB goes beyond Broidy - here's a thread by TheViewFromLL2 w/emails with Broidy, Rosenzweig, Nickie Davis and Jeff Sessions discussing negotiations w/China over exchanging US & Chinese citizens
Here's a leaked email from Elliott Broidy saying "POTUS approved with me directly, to play golf with Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia"
This article by @garymbaum @scott_c_johnson about a March '18 $35,000/person fundraiser Elliott Broidy & Robin Rosenzweig hosted for Trump covers the players in the 1MDB scandal: Jho Low, ex PM Najib Razak, Nicky Lum Davis, Pras Michel and others
hollywoodreporter.com/news/mueller-p…
And of course Broidy also had a Russian connection and was reportedly under investigation in Ukraine related to a deal he did with sanctioned Russian VTB bank
The conspiracy Broidy was allegedly involved in to lobby DOJ to clear Jho Low 1MDB & send Guo Wengui from US to China started in April 2017

In April 2017 Broidy became RNC deputy finance chair where he helped raise $108 mil w/Steve Wynn & Michael Cohen

wsj.com/articles/ellio…
Steve Wynn - who co-chaired RNC finance committee with Broidy and Michael Cohen - delivered a message to Trump from the Xi government seeking to have the dissident returned to China.

(thx @USseriously for reminder about Wynn's involvement)
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