Hunter Biden’s hotshot lawyer has been accused of involvement in a ‘brazen coverup’ and ‘far-reaching conspiracy’ to violate court orders, hide documents, and encourage a witness to lie under oath.
Attorney Abbe Lowell is accused in court documents filed last Friday of secretly working for Middle East nation Qatar in a scheme to conceal communications about an alleged computer hacking plot.
It is another example of Lowell getting embroiled in allegations of shady dealings with foreign nations – after emails published by DailyMail.com earlier this year showed the Justice Department scrutinized his links with suspected Chinese spies.
Lowell did not respond to a request for comment.
Last week’s legal filing involving Lowell came from a lawsuit by Elliott Broidy, former Republican National Committee finance chair and a major fundraiser for the Trump campaign, who sued the government of Qatar in 2018 for an alleged hacking and smear campaign against him supposedly conducted in 2017 and 2018.
Leaks of Broidy’s emails embarrassed him, and were used in stories about his alleged scheme with Qatar’s rival Middle East nation, the United Arab Emirates, to get cash for access to then-President Trump.
The ex-GOP money man has been on a legal vendetta since then, filing multiple lawsuits against the Qatari government and its agents.
Qatar has always strongly denied his hack-and-smear allegations.
Documents and emails obtained by DailyMail.com allegedly show Hunter’s lawyer Abbe Lowell considered encouraging a witness in a lawsuit to lie in a sworn affidavit
Former top GOP money man and Donald Trump confidant Elliott Broidy sued the government of Qatar in 2018 for an alleged hacking and smear campaign against him supposedly conducted in 2017 and 2018
Lowell, who is currently defending Hunter for tax and gun crimes as well as other potential federal charges over deals with China, Ukrainian oligarchs and other foreign entities, is now coming under scrutiny for his own alleged dealings with foreign nations.
The emails and documents obtained by DailyMail.com from new court filings appear to show that Lowell:
• Allegedly made an offer of $1.55 million to conceal sensitive documents from a judge, which lawyers thought could be akin to ‘bribing a witness’
• Drafted a sworn affidavit for the same witness to make claims that Lowell knew to be false
• Allegedly worked for the Qatari government in secret
The top lawyer, who works at Winston & Strawn, became embroiled in Broidy’s lawsuit through his former client, businessman Jamal Benomar.
In 2018 Broidy accused Benomar of working in the US for Qatar and being one of the architects of the alleged scheme to hack the GOP money man’s emails.
But now, Broidy’s legal team have uncovered emails purportedly showing Lowell was also ‘representing Qatar itself, not just Benomar’.
They attached with their court submission copies of emails ‘reflecting Abbe Lowell’s extensive efforts on behalf of Qatar to arrange agreements […] even while Lowell’s nominal client, Benomar, had not yet been sued or subpoenaed.’
One of those ‘agreements’ was an alleged attempt by Lowell to get a witness to conceal documents from a judge in 2018.
That year, Broidy issued a subpoena to an American political consultant to Qatar called Joey Allaham, as part of an attempt to get information for one of his lawsuits against the Middle East government.
Broidy claims Qatar was reluctant for Allaham – who had worked closely with the Gulf government for years – to turn over all he knew to their opposition in the lawsuit.
Emails discovered by Broidy’s team show that in June 2018, just hours after a judge ordered Allaham to comply with the subpoena, Lowell intervened with a shocking proposal lawyers thought could be akin to ‘bribery’.
On June 7, Lowell wrote to Allaham’s attorneys at firm ArentFox, appearing to propose an up-front payment to Allaham, followed by another unspecified sum if he didn’t turn over the subpoenaed information about the alleged hacking scheme.
‘If that got out [Allaham] could be accused of being bribed as a witness,’ Allaham’s lawyer Craig Engle warned, adding it was ‘a little sketchy’.
‘Also I think it’s strange they would pay him to essentially not turn over documents. That is out of our hands unless the court changes its mind. They can’t be saying we defy the court and withhold documents?’
Broidy claims that is exactly what Lowell and Qatar’s lawyers were plotting.
Lowell allegedly offered witness, American political consultant to Qatar Joey Allaham, over $1.5million to defy a court order and conceal documents pertaining to the hacking plot, according to Broidy’s filing
Lowell, who works at firm Winston & Strawn, was representing alleged Qatari government fixer Jamal Benomar, above, in 2018, according to court records
Emails discovered by Broidy’s team show that in June 2018 Lowell made a shocking proposal lawyers thought could be akin to ‘bribery’
‘I would not trust Abbe further than I could throw him,’ Engle’s colleague Matthew Nolan wrote. ‘He has not been shooting straight with us on this’
In his 305-page filing a week ago Friday, he claimed Lowell’s proposed deal was part of ‘a brazen coverup by U.S. lawyers who appear to have violated the rules of discovery, violated an Order of this Court and falsified verified discovery responses.’
Allaham accepted Lowell’s offer, and a month later on July 9, 2018, Engle emailed that Lowell had told him the contract – including an unspecified dollar payment – was ‘Sitting in Qatar waiting for approval’.
However, negotiations continued until December 2018, when Lowell added a shocking last-minute addition to the agreement, Broidy’s filings show.
Lowell and Qatar’s lawyer Mitchell Kamin drafted a sworn affidavit for Allaham to sign with statements that Lowell apparently knew to be false.
They offered Allaham $1.15 million up front and an extra $400,000 if he followed through with it all, documents filed by Broidy appear to show.
The draft affadavit had Allaham to state, under penalty of perjury, that he ‘engaged in no commercial relationship’ with Lowell’s client Jamal Benomar.
But other documents filed by Broidy suggest that Allaham did have a commercial relationship with Benomar – and that Lowell knew about it.
Lowell drafted an affidavit in December 2018 for Allaham ‘to cover Jamal’s butt’, Allaham’s lawyer wrote in an email
The draft affidavit was intended ‘to cover Jamal’s butt’, Engle wrote in a December 18 2018 email published in one of Broidy’s filings.
At the time, Benomar was using a claim of diplomatic immunity through a job with the Moroccan embassy to wriggle out of Broidy’s lawsuit against him for allegedly acting as one of the architects of the scheme to hack the ex-GOP money man’s emails.
Diplomats with immunity can’t conduct business in the US – so Allaham’s proposed affidavit that he didn’t work with Benomar could have helped bolster his defense.
‘Abbe and Mitch want an affidavit from you now, rather than later, for possible use in the litigation,’ Engle explained to Allaham in an email.
But months earlier Allaham’s lawyers had sent Lowell a memo appearing to evidence their client’s commercial relationship with Benomar, emails in Broidy’s court filing show.
The April 3, 2018 document was a summary of Allaham’s ‘contracts with Qatar and involving partnership with Jamal Benomar’, including that ‘Allaham is holding funds in escrow for Benomar in amount of $1,200,000’
Broidy’s lawyers also filed with the DC district court a copy of Allaham’s settlement contract with Qatar, which offered to pay Allaham an initial payment of $1.15 million with up to $400,000 more to follow – as long as he signed the allegedly false affidavit
Lowell also represented Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner during the Russia investigation in 2017, in which Kushner’s suspect financial relationships with foreign governments including Saudi Arabia and Qatar were scrutinized
The April 3, 2018 document was a summary of Allaham’s ‘contracts with Qatar and involving partnership with Jamal Benomar’, including that ‘Allaham is holding funds in escrow for Benomar in amount of $1,200,000.’
The document appears to contradict the sworn statement Lowell drafted for Allaham, according to the emails included in Broidy’s legal filing this month.
The actions could be tantamount to Lowell encouraging someone to lie in a sworn statement – if the documents are as Broidy portrays them.