Open Thread: Oh, Look, Another GOP (Alleged) Felon!

Can’t throw an ore-bearing rock around the Peepot Dome Gang without hitting one. From the NYTimes, “Investigation Intensifies Into Top Trump Fund-raiser”:

Federal prosecutors have intensified their wide-ranging federal investigation into Elliott Broidy, a top fund-raiser for President Trump, signaling the Justice Department’s continued interest in questions about foreign influence on the administration.

In recent months, federal authorities have searched Mr. Broidy’s Southern California office and subpoenaed records related to him from a onetime business partner and from Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee. They have reportedly asked the authorities in Romania for assistance investigating associates with whom Mr. Broidy worked to win military intelligence contracts potentially worth as much as $64 million.

They have also charged four people who worked with Mr. Broidy on plans to influence the administration, including on behalf of interests in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. While the charges against three of his associates were unrelated to their work with Mr. Broidy, most have been asked about their relationships with him, according to several people familiar with the investigation.

Taken together, the steps suggest mounting pressure on Mr. Broidy. And they underscore the legal questions raised by his efforts to parlay his access into business advantage in the frenetic weeks after Mr. Trump’s election, and then to influence the new administration’s policies toward the Middle East, where he was pursuing contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The scrutiny comes as the Justice Department has stepped up its enforcement of foreign lobbying laws and continues to investigate whether foreign money was illegally funneled into Mr. Trump’s super PAC or inaugural committee.

Mr. Broidy’s lawyers have contended that he did not do anything that would require him to lobby. One of the lawyers, Chris Clark, said in an email on Monday that he dismissed as “utterly false” the idea that his client used his connections to Mr. Trump to drum up business…

We never had to *ask*, Your Honor. Once we’d inserted our guy into office, we could count on him doing what was best for The (GOP) Family…

The AP story is more painstaking with the details:

Broidy, a 61-year-old Los Angeles businessman, made a fortune in investments before moving into defense contracting and has played prominent roles in GOP fundraising, including as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2006 to 2008 and vice chair of the Trump Victory Committee in 2016.

But there have been problems along the way. In 2009, investigators looked into the New York state pension fund’s decision to invest $250 million with Broidy and found he had plied state officials with nearly $1 million in illegal gifts. Broidy pleaded guilty to a felony but it was later knocked down to a misdemeanor after he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and pay back $18 million in management fees.

Another scandal came last year when Broidy stepped down as deputy finance chair of the RNC after reports that he agreed to pay $1.6 million as part of a confidentiality agreement to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. That payment was arranged in 2017 by Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

In the Brooklyn federal probe, Broidy’s is the first name listed in the grand jury subpoena, followed by his Los Angeles investment firm and four limited liability companies linked to him.

It also sought records related to George Nader, a Broidy associate who served as an adviser to the United Arab Emirates, provided grand jury testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller and was recently jailed on federal child pornography charges…

61 replies
  1. 1
    TenguPhule says:

    Is it me or does Broidy really look like a grossly overweight Bolton?

  2. 2
    Gin & Tonic says:

    he had plied state officials with nearly $1 million in illegal gifts

    I had a sales guy offer me a Yeti coffee mug (retail value $24.99) as part of a software contract negotiation. I ignored the offer and debated for a day whether I needed to report the offer to our VP of IT.

    I guess I’m not cut out to be a Republican.

  3. 3
    lamh36 says:

    73 years WOW!

    Jul 7
    Happy anniversary, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter! The former president and first lady have been married for 73 years! (link:

  4. 4
    Quantumman says:

    Off topic. Hearing tomorrow on big ACA case. Could result in ACA being declared unconstitutional. IANAL, so any legal folks want to comment on this?

  5. 5
    lamh36 says:

    Ugh…this stupid…word that rhymes w/twitch…smh

    I thought she was quitting The View anyway..

    Meghan McCain: “My version of marriage counseling is drinking Jack Daniels, shooting some guns and hanging out.”

    For too many women in America, alcohol mixed with guns is their version of domestic gun violence, which kills 50+ US women each month.

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    lamh36 says:

    “his job was already in peril..’

    Sure, Jan…

    NEW: Labor Sec Alex Acosta is on thin ice at the White House amid Epstein arrest. But his job security was already in peril for reasons unrelated to sex trafficking charges. w/



  7. 7
    Baud says:

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren placed a big bet a few months ago: In a sprawling field of two dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls, and without a tested grass-roots fundraising machine, she pledged not to court wealthy donors who could boost her candidacy with big checks.

    That bet has paid off, at least for now, as Warren’s campaign announced Monday she had raised $19.1 million in the second quarter of 2019 — a significant sum that secures her spot as a competitive candidate in the top tier of the primary field.

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    Baud says:

    In the summer of 2017, Arizona developer Mike Ingram’s proposed housing and golf course project in the desert was facing a road block because of a decision by the Department of the Interior.

    A field supervisor for the US Fish and Wildlife Service had determined that it was “reasonably certain” that threatened and endangered species could be harmed.

    But that decision suddenly changed following a secret breakfast meeting at a Montana hunting lodge between Ingram — a donor to President Donald Trump and co-owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks — and David Bernhardt, then the Trump administration’s deputy Interior secretary.

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    lamh36 says:

    Great thread on the superficiality of diversity in the newsroom

  10. 10
    lamh36 says:

    Unsealed documents show Manhattan DA Cy Vance knew Jeffrey Epstein should have been designated a Level 3 Sex Offender (the most serious classification under NY law) but instead argued he should be designated Level 1 (the least serious). The question is why…

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    Keith P. says:

    @lamh36: If memory serves, Cy Vance was also the guy who decided not to go after the Jr & Ivanka for fraud(?) several years go….in typical Trump fashion, they lied about their property to attract buyers.

  12. 12
    The Dangerman says:

    We’re gonna need a bigger prison…

    /Roy Scheider

  13. 13
    Steeplejack says:

    Okay, Joy Reid subbing for Rachel Maddow. Nice change of pace. She’s starting with l’affaire Epstein.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Keith P.: Your memory is correct. Rich and powerful and eager to donate to Cy Vance’s re-election campaign make for a cloak of magic resistance.

  15. 15
    Keith P. says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I’m starting to think about all the crazy theories about these cases, but I’m starting to wonder if Jeffrey Epstein is like Sonny Shine from “Happy!”, where his entire career is due to a massive library of blackmail on famous people. Unlikely but it’s still much more likely than shit like Pizzagate.
    I mean, all kinds of shit could fit in here….remember when Trump kept talking about some super-rich friend of his who complained about how bad Paris has gotten due to immigration? Where did Epstein *just* come from vacation?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    I guess I’m not cut out to be a Republican.

    Not a successful one, anyway.

  17. 17
    James E Powell says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    The fact that you even thought about it means you don’t have what it takes be a Republican.

  18. 18
    trollhattan says:

    Kiddo got on her flight home from Germany a few hours ago and texted Brandi Chastain is on the plane. Hope she overcomes her shyness and says “Hi.”

    Can’t wait to see her, it’s been three long weeks.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Keith P.: @Gin & Tonic: for… $25K? Or was it $50K? Either way, seems to me as simple internet rando to be a pretty cheap pay off for such a prominent office, I thought. Of course, Vance might have seen that as a first installment.

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    NotMax says:

    @Keith P.

    As he was arrested upon landing at an airport used primarily for small and private planes, his pilot must have access to a treasure trove of info.

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    @trollhattan: Did your kid recognize Chastain? I find it hard to do that when people are out of context, but I guess women’s soccer is in the front of everyone’s minds right now.

    Kiddo’s flight must land pretty soon. She’ll be beat!

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    Keith P. says:

    @NotMax: I forgot the other bonus – this Epstein episode is more likely than not to end Alan Dershowitz’ career, even on Fox News. He’s been fighting given testimony harder than just about anyone else for years now.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @lamh36: Nice to know that White Skin Male Privilege crosses party lines, Eh Cyrus Vance Jr?

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    rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh 😒😒

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    Sebastian says:

    @Keith P.:

    That’s not a theory but proven fact. There was a mediaroom under the stairs (in the staircase itself). Everything was recorded.

    Let me see if I can find it. Might take a bit.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:
    She’s a soccer girl and traveling with a group, so either it’s her or some blonde lady who will be handling some odd interactions.

    Makes a certain amount of sense given many former USWNT players were at the finals and I’ll be all the flights from France to the States were booked.

    She will be borked, bonked, zonked but glad to see her own bed after three weeks.

    ETA three years ago she met Christie Rampone and even got to hold one of her Olympic gold and WWC gold medals. Dream the dream.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Another scandal came last year when Broidy stepped down as deputy finance chair of the RNC after reports that he agreed to pay $1.6 million as part of a confidentiality agreement to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. That payment was arranged in 2017 by Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

    The sordidity.

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    rikyrah says:


    The corruption is the point

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Justin Sink @ justinsink
    that’s patriots owner robert kraft (!) at the same table as the president at tonight’s dinner for the emir of qatar

    Elliott Broidy: I should be at that table!

    Me: you’d fit right in

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Meghan McCain: “My version of marriage counseling is drinking Jack Daniels, shooting some guns and hanging out.”

    Really? REALLY? Meghan McFuckingMcCain is fucking joking about booze and firearms? As fucking marriage counselling??

    Please, someone, just take this woman away. Jesus H. Christ.

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    mad citizen says:

    “the Peepot Dome Gang” I LOVE this name. Instead of the banal -gate suffix to our current scandal names, go back to a big one from the 1920s–yes! I listened to an audiobook on Teapot Dome last year so am quite familiar with that Republican widespread corruption scandal.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Steeplejack: Thanks.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Keith P.:

    to end Alan Dershowitz’ career

    That would be such a shame.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: tough-talkin’ non-snowflake regular gal, ready to hang with the boys, shoot some rats down at the dump (or at the compost heap on the outer perimeter of the compound Mummy bought with some fraction of the $200-odd million grandpapa gave her) and knock back some rotgut with the boys, to recover from a long week of having her publicists whine to reporters that her unearned sinecure on a media outlet is just too hard for her because some of those women show her no deference! They. Talk. Back! These nobodies who nobody even knows who their fathers are!

    as twitter Nixon observed, it is apparently possible to have negative self-awareness

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    trollhattan says:

    Sadly, McCains never seem to go away.

  37. 37
    Kay says:

    Seung Min Kim
    ‏Verified account
    3h3 hours ago
    More Seung Min Kim Retweeted Tim Kaine
    Kaine was the sole member of the Senate HELP committee to ask Acosta explicitly about the Epstein plea deal during his confirmation hearing.

    Too bad we passed on one of the few decent people and hired the worst applicants.

    Have to stop doing that. Not a good idea, and not one you get away with forever. It starts to show. That’s what we’re seeing. Too much garbage and rot to cover up.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Also, I think I would not like to be Ben Domenech.

    Well, obvs, for a lot of reasons, but mostly to do with having to be married to Meghan McHarridan McTermagant.

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    Jay says:


    John McCain III did.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Hey now, “Ignoring real problems in favor a jingoistic and dumb solution that makes things much worse for everyone” is exactly on brand for McCain and the rest of the Reoublican Party.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: apparently, Mr Meghan is very sensitive about the question, ‘who funds the Federalist?’. I’m not sure why, and I am in fact only vaguely aware of what The Federalist is, other than a website that posts just about anything from anyone on the right, from the NeverTrumpers to that ridiculous Mollie Hemingway person. But I do wonder if Mother McCain couldn’t do it with the loose change the maids find in the couch cushions of the eleven, or is it twelve?, homes. How much does it cost to post the drivel of the emo-cons?

  42. 42
    Kay says:

    Eliana Johnson
    ‏Verified account
    2h2 hours ago
    Dems more or less pass on the chance to call for Acosta’s resignation via ⁦@burgessev⁩ ⁦@marianne_levine⁩: “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who opposed Acosta, had no comment” –

    Can we get some information on how and why Chuck Schumer is somehow being held hostage by Donald Trump?

    WTF is wrong with him? Can he step down and figure it out? This has been going on for two years. Trump has him under a gag order or something. I want someone else to step in. We can’t afford to indulge whatever this relationship he has with Trump right now. He’s worse than useless. He’s an impediment.

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    Captain Kangaroo……………….where did you go wrong??

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    Shalimar says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Domenech claims he is married to Meghan, but he has a long history of taking credit for other people’s work.

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    Jay says:


    Due to Beltway Syndrome, ( it’s like Stockholm Syndrome), too many in the House and Senate arn’t even close to being on the same page many of us are.

    Nuff said?— Brunswick1961 (@brunswick1961) July 8, 2019

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    Keith P. says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I figured that his inability to get Mike Tyson, the most famous athlete on the planet at the time, an acquittal on a rape case IN THE 90s would have done the trick.

  47. 47
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Barr is vowing to do everything he can to block Mueller staffers from testifying. IANAL, but I wonder on what grounds, or if he could stop him if the ‘angry Democrats’– known on planet Earth as people who took an oath to defend the Constitution– wanted to.

    Joyce Alene @ JoyceWhiteVance
    Barr might not relish the notion of Mueller testifying, but calling it a “public spectacle” displays a level of fear that’s consistent with the man who mischaracterized the report’s findings realizing the man who wrote it will finally get his day in court.

    Whoever it was at the AP who picked that photo was having a bit of fun.

    I do wish Joyce Vance had used the words “lied about” instead of “mischaracterized”, but she is AL.

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    chris says:

    As you say.


    There was no substantial vetting done on Acosta until after Trump decided to nominate him, according to current and former administration officials.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) 9 July 2019

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    Dan B says:

    @Kay: Concur about Schumer. Is it financiers that have him on a short leash? What percentage of the top 10 % need to be corrupt to destroy a country? The number of pervs and predators under a cloud is frighteningly large.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Huh, Cy Vance is even cheaper a crook than I thought. I wonder how gaudy his patter?

    Norman Ornstein @ NormOrnstein
    The same Cy Vance who let Ivanka and Don Jr off the hook despite clear evidence and then got a $10,000 campaign contribution from Trump lawyer Kasowitz. He does not belong in office.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    It saddens me that the son of Jimmy Carter’s Secretary of State turned out to be such a grifter.

  52. 52
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Domenech claims he is married to Meghan, but he has a long history of taking credit for other people’s work.


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    joel hanes says:


    Broidy … [allegedly] agreed to pay $1.6 million as part of a confidentiality agreement to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair.

    Yeah, Broidy was on of Cohen’s three clients, right? And the other was Hannity?
    And no one knows what Cohen did for Hannity? Is that still true?

    Completely without evidence, I have always suspected that Broidy’s alleged hush-money to the Playboy model was, in fact, Broidy taking the heat for one of The Donald’s bits of philadendering, as a favor for which Broidy expected to be repaid in access and influence.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    I remember Paul Campos at LGM was obsessed with the theory that Broidy’s mistress wasn’t his at all but Donald Trump’s, and Broidy was really paying her off on his behalf. There doesn’t seem to have been anything to it.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Al Arabiya English @ AlArabiya_Eng
    Britain’s trade minister said he would apologize to US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka for a leak of confidential memos in which the UK ambassador describes the US administration as “dysfunctional” and “inept”.

    A Republic… if we can keep it.

  56. 56

    Another day that ends in “y”

  57. 57
    plato says:

    Totus thug is the new normal. That’s the bitter reality.

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    Ruckus says:

    @James E Powell:
    The idea that he didn’t ask for more immediately was the big tell.

  59. 59
    James E Powell says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    If there was something to it, how would we know?

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    joel hanes says:

    @James E Powell:

    how would we know?

    If the woman came forward.
    If Cohen came clean and said it was Trump.

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    sukabi says:

    @TenguPhule: his new p0rnstache makes him look like Bolton’s and drumpfs love child.

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