The names of former PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea and of ex-premier Sorin Grindeanu are mentioned in an investigation in the U.S. targeting the vice-chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, Elliot Broidy, a famous Republican fundraiser, who is currently under a federal grand jury’s scrutiny in New York under the charge of influence peddling.
Broidy is accused he would have used his influence to boost business ties with foreign leaders, according to foreign media.
Trump’s inaugural committee is investigated regarding Broidy’s connection to 20 individuals and businesses.
“All have connections to Broidy, his investment and defense contracting firms, and foreign officials he pursued deals with — including the current president of Angola and two politicians in Romania,” says an AP report.
The time referred is when Sorin Grindeanu, as prime minister and Liviu Dragnea, as Chamber Speaker attended inaugural events for which Broidy is investigated.
“The names associated with Broidy’s work on behalf of Romanian politicians at a time when Broidy’s defense company was seeking a lucrative contract to provide security services to the Romanian government — a deal Broidy’s representatives said never came to fruition,” Associated Press reported.
Liviu Dragnea is currently behind bars, serving a 3-year-and-a-half prison sentence for corruption. Former Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu is the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM).
Grindeanu was appointed prime minister on January 4, 2017, right after the general elections of December 2016, won by the Social Democrats.
However, his mandate was blown up by the controversial GEO 13, proposed by former justice minister Florin Iordache, which established a threshold of RON 200,000 for the prejudice caused by the abuse of office. The act promoted massive street protests. Florin Iordache eventually resigned and the Government repealed the GEO13.
After only six months at the Government’s helm, Grindeanu came to loggerheads with PSD chair Liviu Dragnea, which prompted a premiere on the Romanian political stage. The ruling parliamentary majority filed a censure motion against its own cabinet and toppled it on June 29, thus dismissing Grindeanu.