The Justice Department is investigating whether a fugitive Malaysian financier named Jho Low laundered tens of millions of dollars through two associates and used the funds to pay a legal team that includes former Gov. Chris Christie and a lawyer who represents Donald Trump, according to sources talking to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story.
Court filings say Low is alleged to have played a key role in the alleged embezzlement of $4.5 billion from a Malaysian fund known as 1Malaysia Development Bhd. The team of lawyers and consultants working for Low included Christie, lobbyist Ed Rogers, Trump’s longtime lawyer Marc Kasowitz, Trump Organization lawyer Bobby Burchfield, and vice chairman of the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party Elliott Broidy.
Did Christie know the money he was being given was dirty? There’s no reported indication that he did. Here’s how Leonardo DeCaprio got sucked in, with Jho Low plying him with luxury gifts (including Marlon Brando’s Oscar for On the Waterfront about the Hoboken docks).
But nice legal work for the new firm, Chris Christie. And way to hang with the Trump insiders. This is a developing story, but the beached Christie shot has already been put to good use:
Chris Christie: Mary Pat, would you please rub some more embezzled money from a fugitive Malaysian financier on my back. I don’t want to get too burned. pic.twitter.com/Sw5hvjYt20
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) August 29, 2018