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Justice Department investigating whether Malaysian fugitive paid Christie, others with laundered funds

There's no evidence that anyone was aware the money could have come from an illegal source.

August 29, 2018 - 1:21 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz, and others with ties to the Republican Party were paid by Malaysian fugitive Jho Low with laundered funds.

Low is a fugitive Malaysian businessman who played a key role in the alleged embezzlement of $4.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Christie and Kasowitz are part of Low's legal team. 

There's no definitive evidence that anyone who received payments was aware the money could have come from an illegal source.

The Justice Department in California federal court has issued civil lawsuits against Low to recover assets the Justice Department says he purchased with the embezzled funds. The Journal also reported that the Justice Department is pursuing a criminal investigation against Low.