Elliott Broidy is a former RNC deputy Finance Chair, and until now a sleazy bit player in the Trump corruption drama. Playboy model Shera Bechard alleged he [breached a $1.6M agreement](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-15/elliott-broidy-fails-to-keep-playmate-lawsuit-out-of-public-eye) to keep her quiet about their affair; there were also rumors about an abortion and speculation that Broidy was covering for Trump.
But the story is far bigger than sex.
# Conspiracy, money laundering, covert lobbying
In August 2018, the [Washington Post reported](https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-fundraiser-broidy-under-investigation-for-alleged-effort-to-sell-government-influence-people-familiar-with-probe-say/2018/08/17/c9e55792-a185-11e8-8e87-c869fe70a721_story.html?utm_term=.1c6e32acb925) Broidy was under investigation for alleged efforts to sell government influence.
Now [Raw Story reports](https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/1466148/) a sealed search warrant reveals the Feds raided Broidy’s office last summer looking for evidence related to a list of **dozens of people, countries and corporate entities.**
The warrant cites conspiracy, money laundering and covert lobbying on behalf of foreign officials. To get the warrant, the Feds had to convince a judge there’s probable cause they’ll find evidence of those specific crimes.
The Feds were not screwing around: agents were authorized to use Broidy’s hands and face to unlock any phones that required fingerprint or facial scans. The raid sought evidence relating to:
# Middle East (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE)
* Rick Gates (Manafort pal; pled guilty to other charges in the Mueller probe);
* Colfax Law Office (founded by Broidy’s wife);
* Any travel to the Middle East
* Saudi Arabia
* UAE adviser George Nader (cooperating witness in the Mueller investigation)
* United Arab Emirates
The [New York Times reported last year](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/us/politics/george-nader-elliott-broidy-uae-saudi-arabia-white-house-influence.html) Broidy worked with Nader to steer the White House toward decisions benefiting the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Documents reviewed by the Times showed Nader tempted Broidy with promises of $1B+ in contracts for Broidy’s private security company. Hacked communications showed Nader praised Broidy for “how well you handle Chairman” — a reference to Trump.
Broidy allegedly worked for Malaysian financier Jho Low, who’s at the center of a sprawling international scandal known as [1MDB](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1Malaysia_Development_Berhad_scandal). In [November](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-goldman-sachs-charges-1mdb/u-s-charges-financier-former-goldman-bankers-for-1mdb-idUSKCN1N6537), the DOJ unveiled a bribery and money laundering case against Low.
In a [separate filing](https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-seeks-recover-over-73-million-proceeds-traceable-bank-fraud-conceal-involvement-jho-taek), the Justice Department alleged Broidy was paid by Low to lobby Trump administration officials to ease off on U.S. investigations into Low. Broidy is not identified by name in the filings, but is thought to be “Individual No. 1.” Broidy has not been yet been charged with a crime.
The Feds also sought records related to China and [Guo Wengui](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/business/stephen-bannon-guo-wengui-china.html), a Chinese billionaire and dissident who fled to New York, where he publicly accused the Chinese government of corruption and has been working with Steve Bannon (a bizarro plot twist, I grant you, but truth really is stranger than fiction).
Wengui is on China’s most-wanted list, accused of bribery, fraud and money laundering.
The Times reported that Broidy explored plans to use his influence with the White House to force Wengui out of the United States, apparently as part of an effort to curry favor with the Chinese and other foreign officials, and ultimately earn a payoff.
# Bonus Mystery: Joel Rousseau, Intelligent Resources, and… The Fugees?
An odd entry on the search warrant list is Joel Rouseau and Intelligent Resources. There is a company by that name incorporated in Miami Beach by a Joel Rousseau, who is a friend of Pras Michel of The Fugees – who the DOJ says funnelled the money to pay Broidy into the United States. The search warrant does not describe Rousseau or Intelligent Resources’ role in the case.
The scope of all of this corruption is dizzying. And this is just the stuff we know about.