Elliot Broidy, the vice chair of Donald Trump’s inauguration committee, is being investigated by a federal grand jury. The grand jury’s goal is to discover if Broidy, 61, used his position on the committee to boost his businesses.
A subpoena requesting records related to 20 individuals and businesses with connections to Broidy. The subpoenas were sent by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. The subpoena names the current president of Angola, as well as two politicians from Romania.
Broidy made a fortune in investments and is currently a defense contractor. The Associated Press has reported that prosecutors are looking into if he “exploited his access to Trump for personal gain and violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” which prohibits citizens from offering items of value to foreign officials in an effort to advance their business interests.
Reportedly, several of the names in the subpoena also appeared in emails from Broidy that were leaked to the media last year. According to Broidy’s lawyers, those messages were hacked and doctored. The emails reportedly provided to the media, showed Broidy inviting Angolan leaders to the inauguration with an accompanying multimillion-dollar security contract for his security firm Circinus.
Broidy’s lawyers spoke to the AP and stated that “while Circinus did have an agreement with Angola, it wasn’t connected with Trump’s inauguration or Broidy’s powerful role in the committee. They also said that neither Broidy nor Circinus had a contract with “any Romanian government agency, proxy or agent.”
After serving on the Trump inauguration committee, Broidy became deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. He resigned from that position in 2018 when it was discovered that he agreed to pay a woman $1.6 million in hush money after she became pregnant with his child in an affair. The agreement between Broidy and the woman was overseen by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, who’s now in prison for tax fraud and lying to Congress.
Manhattan federal prosecutors are also investigating if the inauguration committee’s record $107 million haul was boosted by illegal contributions.
This isn’t the first time that Broidy misused funds for his own benefit. Back in 2009, he pleaded guilty to charges that he made approximately $1 million in illegal gifts to secure a $250 million investment from New York’s public pension fund.