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💰1MDB -Trump Campaign💰

🔑DOJ Probes Whether Jho Low, the Fugitive Financier Supplied Donation to Trump Re-Election Effort

🔑Justice Department investigates whether the $100,000 contribution came from Malaysian businessman charged in a global scandal
The $100,000 donation was made in December 2017 to the Trump Victory committee—which is involved in helping re-elect President Trump in 2020—by Larry Davis, a U.S. citizen who co-owns LNS Capital, a Hawaii-based investment company.
🔑Authorities are seeking to determine whether transfers totaling $1.5 million to LNS Capital—originating with the Malaysian businessman, Jho Low—financed Mr. Davis’s donation to Trump Victory. #Strawman #FCPA
🔑It is a federal crime for foreign individuals or companies to make direct or indirect donations to U.S. politicians or fundraising committees.
🔑The rules are designed to stop foreigners from using cash to try to influence U.S. politics, including payments made indirectly through entities or U.S. citizens acting as intermediaries, who also could face charges.
🔑Trump Victory is a joint financing committee for the 2020 presidential election involving the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and a number of state Republican parties.
🔑After Mr. Davis donated the money to the committee, more than $60k of it was given to the RNC & $5,400 was given directly to the campaign to re-elect Trump.

🔑The rest was distributed to state Republican parties & related campaigns.
The Justice Department inquiry into the source of the funds is part of a broad public-integrity investigation connected to Mr. Low’s alleged efforts to persuade the U.S. government to drop its investigations into him.
🔑And, separately, to help China extradite Guo Wengui, a wealthy critic of Beijing seeking political asylum in New York City, where he lives.
Beijing wants Mr. Guo returned to China to face allegations of corruption. U.S. officials believe Mr. Low has wanted to curry favor with Chinese officials while he continues to live in that country. Mr. Guo denies the allegations.
The Justice Department has sent out multiple subpoenas to people allegedly connected to Mr. Low’s efforts to get the investigation dropped and to extradite Mr. Guo, seeking any connections they had to elected officials or people close to them.
💰Guo Wengui & TeamTrump💰

So many bizarre connections:
Mr. Davis wasn’t previously a major political donor, and LNS Capital, a company set up in 2014 and based in a strip mall in Honolulu. Besides the $1.5M in transfers it received in 2017, little else about the company could be discovered from public records.
Mr. Davis earlier made a $100,000 donation to Trump Victory in October 2017, but he canceled it and the money was refunded, public donor records show. The two donations appear to be the only ones attempted by Mr. Davis.
Mr. Davis’s wife, Nickie Lum Davis, the co-owner of LNS Capital, is described as a “longtime political fundraiser” who helped Low in his efforts to persuade the Trump adm to drop its 1MDB investigation and extradite Mr. Guo, the Chinese businessman.
Nickie Lum Davis’ parents, Nora and Eugene Lum, pleaded guilty in the 1990s to illegal campaign financing for Democrats during the Clinton era.

🔑George Higginbotham, said Mr. Low’s plan included efforts to get Washington to end 1MDB investigations and extradite Mr. Guo.
Ms. Davis had gotten to know Low earlier in 2017. She tapped a business contact, Elliott Broidy, whose wife, Robin Rosenzweig, owned a law firm that the DOJ alleges received millions of dollars from a Hong Kong-based shell company controlled by Mr. Low.

🔑Rosenzweig’s law firm then passed on $1.5 million to LNS Capital, the U.S. court documents say.

🔑Stay tuned for more indictments to drop in cases related to #1MDB

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