Elliott Broidy, the deputy finance chairman for the Republican National Committee and an influential fundraiser for President Trump, offered to help Andrei Baev, a Moscow-based lawyer at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, get U.S. sanctions lifted on some Russian companies last year, Bloomberg News reported Friday.
Broidy sent a proposal to Baev shortly before Trump’s inauguration outlining a plan to influence U.S. officials, with both men acknowledging the offer in statements to Bloomberg. However, the plan “never went anywhere.”
“From the beginning I made it clear that while I would consider trying to help the firm build a team and to put them in touch with some experts, I am not a lobbyist and didn’t plan on becoming one,” Broidy wrote.
“I also made clear from the beginning that any arrangement we reached would need to be in full compliance with U.S. law. We never made any agreement, and the project never went anywhere. I never contacted any U.S. officials on behalf of Chadbourne or its clients and never had any contact with Chadbourne’s clients.”
The Hill added:
Broidy sent the proposal after Baev requested his help, according to Bloomberg. The episode illustrates how Russians seeking to evade U.S. sanctions sought the help of Trump’s political allies.
Broidy has also entered the spotlight recently for his ties to George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman and adviser to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates. Nader is said to be cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigators, who are examining foreign influence in the White House.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Nader sought to cultivate Broidy as a tool of influence in Trump‘s White House.