“The violations were part of a larger surreptitious effort to route foreign money into U.S. elections and to use it to corrupt U.S.policy-making processes, […] the court should reject Zuberi’s characterization that illegal foreign interference and by funneling money to influence US policymaking and elections was the way America works,” the court filing read.
- Zuberi has been accused of injecting foreign money into U.S. politics by soliciting foreign governments, House members, and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prosecutors claim Zuberi even received a $1 million payment from the Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash in 2015. Firtash has been tied to the Trump administration as well as the Russian mob.
Tracy Wilkinson, acting U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, commented on the ruling saying, “Today’s sentence, which also accounts for Mr. Zuberi’s attempt to obstruct an investigation into his felonious conduct, underscores the importance of our ongoing efforts to maintain transparency in U.S. elections and policy-making processes.”