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Jho Low Malaysian fugitive may have paid Christie, Trump lawyer with illegal funds

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The
Justice Department is investigating whether former New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie, Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz, and others
were paid with laundered funds by a Malaysian
fugitive.

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Jackson/Reuters


  • The Justice Department is investigating whether former
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, President Donald Trump’s
    personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz, and others were paid by a
    Malaysian fugitive with laundered funds.
  • Christie and Kasowitz are part of a legal team
    for Jho Low, a fugitive Malaysian businessman who
    allegedly embezzled $4.5 billion from a Malaysian fund
    called 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
  • There’s currently no definitive evidence that any
    person who received payments was aware the money could’ve come
    from the funds Low allegedly embezzled.

The Justice Department is investigating whether former New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer
Marc Kasowitz, and others with ties to the Republican Party were
paid by a Malaysian fugitive with laundered funds.

Chrisie and Kasowitz are part of a legal team for Jho
Low, a fugitive Malaysian businessman who allegedly
embezzled $4.5 billion from a Malaysian fund called
1Malaysia Development Bhd,
The Wall Street Journal reported
.

The Justice Department is now reportedly looking into whether Low
paid for legal services by laundering money he allegedly
embezzled via two associates. Low’s access to the global
financial system has been severely limited since 2016, which has
raised suspicions about how he has paid for an array of expenses.

At present, there’s no definitive evidence that any person who
received payments was aware the money could have come from the
funds Low allegedly embezzled, according to The Journal. 

Civil lawsuits have been filed by the Justice Department in
California federal court against Low to recover assets he
allegedly purchased with embezzled funds, including mansions,
artwork, and a yacht. The Justice Department is also pursuing a
criminal investigation against Low, according to The
Journal. 

Christie is representing Low in the asset-forfeiture cases in
California, while Kasowitz is representing the fugitive Malaysian
financier in Justice Department matters.

Low has also retained the services of lawyer Bobby
Burchfield, who has served as an outside ethics adviser for the
Trump administration, in an advisory capacity. Ed Rogers, a
Republican lobbyist based out of Washington, is also reportedly
consulting Low on his legal woes. 

Elliott Broidy, a Republican fundraiser with close ties to the
Trump administration, is also consulting Low, according to the
report. Broidy was brought into Low’s services by Pras
Michel, a founding member of the Fugees hip-hop group who may
have been one of the intermediaries who helped Low make payments.

Broidy is under investigation by the Justice Department for
allegedly
attempting to sell his influence in the Trump administration

to the Malaysian and Chinese governments.

Low is closely linked to former Malaysian Prime
Minister Najib Rajak, who is facing legal troubles of his
own after being arrested in Kuala Lumpur in July. Najib pleaded
not guilty to charges
of money laundering
 and criminal breach of trust in
relation to the broad investigation surrounding
the 1Malaysia Development Bhd fund.

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