Romanian prosecutors want to question the former chairman of the Social Democratic Party over his attendance of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to media reports.
G4Media and national news agency Agerpres cited sources saying that National Anticorruption Directorate prosecutors were due to question Liviu Dragnea later Thursday connected to an investigation into possible influence trafficking.
The former strongman is currently serving a 3/1/2 year prison sentence over a fake jobs case, where he made the local social welfare office pay the salaries of two women for six years who were actually working for the Social Democrats.
Mr. Dragnea attended Trump’s inauguration with then-Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu in January 2017 at the invitation of Elliot Broidy, the vice-chairman of the presidential inaugural committee and a Republican party fundraiser.
Pictures were published at the time of Mr. Dragnea shaking Mr. Trump’s hand who was seated at a table.
In October 2020, Mr. Broidy was charged by U.S. federal authorities with conspiring to act as an unregistered agent for a foreign principal before lobbying the Trump administration and the Justice Department.
G4Media reported that Romania’s consul to Bonn, Gheorghe Dimitrescu, is also wanted for questioning in the case.
Hotnews reported in November 2017 that Gheorghe Dimitrescu paid 100,000 U.S. dollars to arrange a meeting between Liviu Dragnea and “the head of the American administration.” Later, Mr. Dimitrescu was appointed consul in Bonn.