Bradley Diller said he was unaware of his father’s relationship with Mr. Broidy or Mr. Lowell, and that his father had never discussed asking them – or anyone’s help – for help. either – to try to get a pardon for Mr. Baras.
“I doubt my father would do something like that,” he said, adding that based on their discussions, he believed his father was “just trying to help him through legal means.
Sanford Diller knew Mr Broidy through Republican Jewish donor circles, according to a person familiar with their relationship. Both have made donations to conservative and hawkish foreign policy groups, including the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
While Mr. Diller gave $ 133,400 to the Republican Party committees in 2016, there is no record of a donation from him to Mr. Trump’s campaign. With the exception of $ 23,400 in donations to Republican Senate candidates in 2014, Mr. Diller didn’t have a long history of Republican donations prior to that.
Mr. Broidy, a Californian businessman who owns a Virginia-based defense contracting company, had helped raise funds for Mr. Trump’s campaign in 2016 and, after the election, became the one of the main fundraisers for the inauguration of Mr. Trump and the National Republican. Committee, as well as a member of Mr. Trump’s private club in South Florida, Mar-a-Lago.
Mr Broidy has marketed his access to Mr Trump to potential business partners and others seeking the favor of the administration, including foreign governments and interests in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe .
It is not known how Mr. Lowell got involved. He was well known for his ties to Mr. Kushner.
Mr Weingarten said the events took place in 2017. He played down the potential corruption scheme, saying Mr Lowell’s role “was simply a routine lawyer who unsuccessfully defended his client’s name.”