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GOP Finance Chairman Under Federal Investigation Over Trump’s Inauguration Pay-To-Play Scheme

RNC finance chairman Elliott Broidy under federal investigation

According to documents obtained by the Associated Press and sources familiar with the matter, a federal investigation is looking into former Republican National Committee (RNC) deputy finance chairman Elliott Broidy over allegations that he used his position as vice chairman of President Trump’s inaugural committee to forge business deals with foreign leaders,

The news agency reported Monday that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn recently sent a wide-ranging subpoena to Trump’s inaugural committee requesting records related to 20 individuals and businesses with connections to Broidy, including the president of Angola and two Romanian politicians.

The investigation appears separate from an inquiry by Manhattan federal prosecutors into whether foreign leaders illegally contributed to the $107 million the inaugural committee, AP reports. Prosecutors are investigating if Broidy violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by exploiting access to Trump.

Broidy’s attorneys denied the allegations made about Broidy and his global security firm Circinus in a statement to the AP. But admitted that his client did reach an agreement with Angola in 2016, but with no connection to the Trump inauguration.

Broidy resigned from the RNC last year when it was revealed he paid a woman $1.6 million after she became pregnant with his child.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors and the inaugural committee declined to comment to AP on the grand jury proceedings.

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