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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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Republican Senate candidate’s law firm set bankruptcy of mass shooting victim’s family into motion

Bryant Corky Messner
Bryant Corky Messner

Bryant Corky Messner Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

After ammunition and body armor retailers were unsuccessfully sued by the parents of Jessica Ghawi, who was killed in a 2012 mass shooting, the companies sought to recoup their legal fees. According to the victim’s mother, her family declared bankruptcy after it was ordered to pay more than $200,000 by a judge. Now, Corky Messner, the Republican whose law firm represented one of the retailers, is running for a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire on a staunchly pro-gun platform.

Messner told WMUR last month that he opposed any gun control measures, and he would support rolling back some existing gun safety laws already on the books. Messner has touted his endorsement from the National Association of Gun Rights, which has attacked the National Rifle Association (NRA) for being “soft” and has called for “absolutely NO COMPROMISE on gun rights issues.” The group has spent “more on pro-gun lobbying than the NRA in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook mass shooting in 2012,” according to Politico.

Messner’s law firm, Messner Reeves, was previously involved in a case which led to the eventual bankruptcy of the family of one of the victims of a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Col. It was the first-ever case where a plaintiff was forced to pay defendants’ legal fees under a Colorado law shielding ammunition and weapons retailers from most liability. 

James Holmes was sentenced to 12 life sentences and an additional 3,318 years after he was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others during a screening of “The Dark Knight.” One of the dead was Ghawi, a college student pursuing a career in sports journalism who had narrowly escaped another mass shooting a month earlier.

Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, Ghawi’s parents, sued the retailers which sold Holmes ammunition and body armor in 2014 in spite of laws shielding them from liability. The lawsuit argued that Lucky Gunner, which sold Holmes more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition; The Sportsman Guide, which sold him a 100-round magazine and 700 rounds; BTP Arms, which provided the tear gas canisters used in the attack; and Bullet Proof Body Armor negligently sold Holmes weapons used in the attack online without assessing his state of mind.

“A crazed, homicidal killer should not be able to amass a military arsenal, without showing his face or answering a single question, with the simple click of a mouse,” the Brady Center, the gun control advocacy group which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family, said at the time. “If businesses choose to sell military-grade equipment online, they must screen purchasers to prevent arming people like James Holmes.”

The lawsuit did not seek any monetary damages but rather asked a court to order the retailers to change the allegedly “negligent and dangerous business practices” which allowed Holmes to purchase his weapons.

Sandy Phillips later told Time that the case was “dismissed before it

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