DOJ Probes If Malaysian Fugitive Donated to Trump Re-Election Fund
The Department of Justice is probing whether a fugitive Malaysian businessman donated $100,000 to a Trump-related fundraising committee in December 2017.
The DOJ is investigating the possibility that fugitive playboy Low Taek Jho, also known as “Jho Low,” financed the donation via transfers to investment company LNS Capital,” according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The investigation into the $100,000 donation to Trump Victory, a fund involved in helping re-elect President Trump in 2020, is part of a DOJ probe of 1MDB, the scandal-hit Malaysian state fund that Low is accused of embezzling billions of dollars from.
The $100,000 was reportedly made by Larry Davis, a U.S. citizen who co-owns LNS Capital. The DOJ is investigating if Low-originated transfers totaling $1.5 million to LNS Capital seven months earlier were used in the donation to Trump Victory.
It is a federal crime for foreign individuals or companies to donate directly or indirectly to U.S. politicians or fundraising committees.
Low, who is infamous for his $160,000 bar tabs in Manhattan clubs, was indicted last November for conspiring to launder billions in illegal proceeds and paying millions in bribes by the DOJ. He also faces charges in Malaysia for allegedly stealing billions of dollars from 1MDB.