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Trump expected to hold ‘law and order’ event Saturday despite COVID-19 diagnosis

President Trump is expected to hold an in-person, “law and order”-themed event at the White House on Saturday, his first public engagement since testing positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks ago, according to a White House official.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the event’s planning, said Friday that the gathering will happen on the South Lawn, with Trump set to deliver remarks to “peaceful protesters for law and order.”

Trump’s speech coincides with a preplanned event hosted on the South Lawn by controversial right-wing activist Candace Owens, likely explaining the official’s “protesters” reference.

Trump’s resumption of public events comes just nine days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, raising concerns that he could still be contagious.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 patients should quarantine for at least 10 days after symptoms first appear to avoid spreading the virus that’s killed more than 213,000 Americans.

Severely ill patients and people with preexisting conditions should quarantine even longer — “up to 20 days,” the CDC says.

Trump, who’s 74 and clinically obese, got so sick from the virus that he had to be hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center last weekend and put on supplemental oxygen because he registered trouble breathing.

Nonetheless, White House Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s personal physician, said Thursday that the president was clear to resume “public engagements” as of Saturday.

Trump, who’s trailing Joe Biden in nearly all polls with less than four weeks to go until Election Day, has been itching to get back on the campaign trail while quarantining at the White House.

Dr. Leana Wen, a public health professor at George Washington University, said Trump could be putting himself and others at serious risk by hosting the Saturday event, especially since dozens of White House staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week.

“He likely needs 20 days isolation,” Wen tweeted. “(And) the White House is an epicenter of a major outbreak that hasn’t been fully investigated.”

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Republican Fundraiser Expected to Plead Guilty to Violating Foreign Lobbying Law, Sources Say

Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy is expected to plead guilty to violating a foreign lobbying law, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest development in a sprawling investigation into a multibillion-dollar alleged fraud at a Malaysian fund that has ensnared a cast of characters, from

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

to a rap star.

Mr. Broidy was charged in a criminal-information document filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C., with conspiring to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law that requires lobbyists for foreign nationals to register that work. The document accused Mr. Broidy of failing to report work for which he was paid at least $6 million by the man accused of masterminding the alleged fraud, Jho Low, to try to influence the Justice Department investigation into the scandal. Prosecutors usually use that type of document when they have reached an agreement with a defendant, and Mr. Broidy is expected to plead guilty to the charge in the coming days, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Broidy’s lobbying effort included unsuccessful attempts in 2017 to arrange a golf game between President Trump and the then-Malaysian prime minister and to push for the removal of a Chinese fugitive in the U.S., the document said.

That yearslong investigation into the alleged 1MDB fraud has led to a series of criminal and civil cases that outline a scheme in which Mr. Low allegedly orchestrated the siphoning off of at least $4.5 billion from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. sovereign-wealth fund, some of which Mr. Low spent on lavish parties, artwork and real estate he has since forfeited to the U.S., investigators allege. He has denied wrongdoing. 

Jho Low, shown in 2014, the alleged mastermind of the 1MDB scandal, who according to allegations paid Mr. Broidy at least $6 million.



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Cases emerging from an offshoot of that investigation, along with reporting by The Wall Street Journal and other publications, have also laid bare an extensive effort by Mr. Low to try to scale back the U.S. investigation, hiring top Republican lawyers and consultants with ties to Mr. Trump. Mr. Low worked with former Fugees rapperPras Michel to move money into the U.S. with the help of a then-Justice Department employee to vouch for the funds to U.S. banks, using those funds to pay Mr. Broidy and others, some of the participants have acknowledged. Mr. Low faces multiple criminal cases in the U.S. He is believed to be under the protection of China, the Journal has reported.

The case against Mr. Broidy comes one month after his business partner in the work for Mr. Low, Nickie Lum Davis, pleaded guilty to similar charges in Hawaii. According to court documents filed in connection with her case, Ms. Davis admitted she violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by not reporting both her work for Mr. Low and for a then-senior Chinese government official who was seeking the return in 2017 of one of China’s most-wanted fugitives in the U.S.

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