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Prosecutors Intensify Scrutiny of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy

Federal probe examines foreigners who attended inauguration at invitation of top Trump fundraiser wsj.com/articles/prose…
Federal prosecutors have stepped up a criminal investigation into possible efforts by longtime Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy to profit from his connections to the Trump administration, according to people familiar with the matter.
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📌Investigators are examining whether Broidy, a top fundraiser for Trump in 2016 who was later tapped as deputy finance chairman of the RNC, was paid by his firm’s foreign and prospective clients to give them special access to attend the 2017 inauguration.
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📌Such activity could violate campaign-finance, lobbying or money-laundering laws.

📌Note: Broidy is perhaps the swampiest swamp creature on TeamTrump.
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📌In early April, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn asked Trump’s inaugural committee for documents related to Broidy and his company’s actual or prospective clients, including foreign politicians who attended inaugural events at Broidy’s invitation.
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📌Circinus LLC, Broidy’s ifirm provides intelligence research and analysis for foreign governments and other clients.

#Pay2Play
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Broidy invited several Angolan and Romanian officials to inaugural events in 2017—including a Romanian who was scheduled to stand trial for corruption weeks later.
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💰Broidy & Romania💰

Broidy also sought the assistance of Gates, with whom he had worked on Trump’s inaugural committee, to win a U.S. Commerce Dept endorsement for his company as it tried to win work in Romania, according to the materials.
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📌Broidy invited two prominent Romanian politicians to several events connected with Trump’s 2017 inauguration, months before Broidy’s defense company, Circinus, opened up shop in Romania seeking a share of contracts valued at more than $200 million.
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During the inaugural visit, the two Romanian politicians – then-Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Liviu Dragnea, speaker of the lower chamber of Romania’s parliament and head of the country’s leading political party –
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Met briefly with Trump & with some potential political allies, including Royce, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Trump’s first National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who has also pleaded guilty in Mueller’s probe and is cooperating.
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‼️Sorin Grindeanu

📌Romania's parliament has dismissed Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu after his party submitted a no-confidence vote.

📌The party has said Grindeanu lost their support for failing to implement its corruption reform program.
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‼️Liviu Dragnea

📌Romania’s most powerful politician, Liviu Dragnea, was ordered to begin serving a 3 1/2-year prison sentence for abuse of power.

📌This handed a victory to those who view corruption as the chief threat to the health of the nation.
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‼️Romania is regarded as the European Union's most corrupt state, while Brussels has been specially monitoring its justice since it joined the bloc in 2007.
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What’s up with TeamTrump & Romania? Is Corruption the allure?

Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on His Visit to Bucharest, Romania for the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial 
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📌Trump Campaign Chief Brad Parscale Outlines $1 Billion Strategy For 2020 On Trip To Romania

📌Are the developing a new troll farm in Romania?
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📌Giuliani got paid for advocacy in Romania

📌The former New York City mayor’s letter contradicted the State Department stance on corruption in Bucharest.
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Rudy Giuliani attacks Romania for ‘excessive’ crackdown on corruption
Trump’s attorney accuses Romanian president of overzealous anti-corruption enforcement and claims ‘innocent people’ jailed

Get it?
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💰Broidy & Angola💰

Mr. Broidy also introduced Angolan officials to multiple members of Congress during that trip, which was soon after the Angolan government agreed to pay his company $6 million for its services.
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People who represent foreign clients before members of Congress are generally required to disclose their work under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
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💰Broidy & Republic of Congo

Broidy invited Denis Sassou-Nguesso, the longtime president of the Republic of Congo, to a handful of inauguration week events, including the candlelight dinner featuring Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their wives.
nytimes.com/2018/03/25/us/…
📌Congo's president, family and minister in bribery scandal
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$7 Million Trump Building Condo Tied to Scandal-Scarred Congolese leader Denis Sassou-Nguesso’s daughter.
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📌One of Mr. Broidy’s associates, former Trump campaign official Richard Gates, has been cooperating in multiple investigations since he pleaded guilty last year as part of the Mueller investigation.
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💰Beltway Bandit - Elliott Broidy💰

Deeper Dive:
📌The Trump adm made no effort to curtail Broidy’s offers of access to clients or prospective clients.

📌Broidy was so aggressive he was warned by some to tone down his approach for fear that he might run afoul American lobbying and anti-corruption laws.
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📌FYI In 2016 Broidy worked in turn with the presidential campaigns of Sens. Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz before signing on as a vice-chair for the Trump Victory Committee, a joint fundraising effort benefiting Trump’s campaign and the RNC.
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📌Interesting tidbit: Broidy grew more interested in politics after the Sept. 11 attacks, which shaped his hawkish approach to foreign policy & concern for the defense of Israel. In 2005, he was appointed to a federal homeland security advisory panel. 🤔
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Only the best people...

📌Mr. Broidy pleaded guilty in 2009 to giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to NYS officials to help his company land a $250M contract with the state’s public pension fund.

📌He paid $18M in restitution & avoided jail time.
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💰TheBeltwayBandit💰

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