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A Republican donor who helped raise millions of dollars for Donald Trump in 2016 was looking to personally get millions of dollars in return by running interference on a Justice Department investigation into a Malaysian state investment fund. The Wall Street Journal writes:

In emails dated during the past year, Elliott Broidy, a venture capitalist and a longtime Republican donor, and his wife, Robin Rosenzweig, an attorney, discuss setting up a consulting contract with Jho Low, the Malaysian businessman at the center of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. scandal, which brought scrutiny to the country’s prime minister, Najib Razak . The messages include draft agreements between Ms. Rosenzweig’s California law firm and representatives of Mr. Low about the possible terms of their business engagement. In one draft, there is a proposal that includes a $75 million fee if the Justice Department quickly drops its investigation. […]

Mr. Broidy was a vice chairman for the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party during the 2016 campaign, helping it raise more than $108 million. A longtime Republican donor, he gave more than $160,000 last year to the Republican National Committee, where he is currently a national deputy finance chairman. In March, Mr. Trump is set to attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles that Mr. Broidy helped organize.

That $75 million sure would have been a pretty rich return on a $160,000 investment.

Lawyers for the couple deny that they ever spoke to anyone in the Trump administration about the Malaysian fund. The Justice Department declined to comment.

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