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.
The top lawyer helped fight Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 and represented Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
He is currently defending Hunter from federal prosecution for tax and gun crimes, as well as other potential federal charges over the First Son’s deals with China, Ukrainian oligarchs, Qatar, and other foreign nations or businesses.
But Lowell’s own alleged dealings with foreign nations are now coming under scrutiny in bombshell court documents.
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
Emails reveal Abbe Lowell proposed an up-front payment to American political consultant to Qatar Joey Allaham, followed by another sum if he didn’t turn over the subpoenaed information about the alleged hacking scheme. Lowell said he wanted to ‘pursue Qatar intervening to review all docs for privilege’ and to reach an ‘agreement’ with Allaham
Last week’s legal filing involving Lowell came from a lawsuit by former top GOP money man and Donald Trump confidant Elliott Broidy, who sued the government of Qatar in 2018 for an alleged hacking and smear campaign against him in 2017 and 2018.
Qatar has always strongly denied his hack-and-smear allegations.
Lowell was representing a businessman allegedly working in the US for Qatar in 2018, and allegedly drafted documents in which a witness appears to have lied to help get Lowell’s client diplomatic immunity protection, Broidy’s lawsuit claims.
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 in 2017 and 2018
Lowell also allegedly offered the 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 in 2018, according to court records.
The lawyer ended up becoming deeply involved in Broidy’s legal battle – in part because Broidy accused Lowell’s client Benomar of being one of the architects of the alleged scheme to hack his emails.
But Broidy’s legal team have now uncovered emails purportedly showing Lowell was also ‘representing Qatar itself, not just Benomar’.
They attached with their Friday 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.’
Broidy, a former Republican National Committee finance chair and a major fundraiser for the Trump campaign, sued Qatar in 2018 accusing them of hacking his emails.
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 thetn, filing multiple lawsuits against the Qatari government and its agents.
In one 2018 California lawsuit against the Middle East government, Broidy issued a subpoena for Qatar consultant Allaham, as part of an attempt to gather information for his case.
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.
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 in 2018, according to court records
In 2018, Allaham’s lawyer Craig Engle sent Allaham a copy of a settlement agreement drafted by Lowell and a lawyer for Qatar, Mitchell Kamin, saying: ‘The only major change is that Abbe and Mitch want an affidavit from you now, rather than later, for possible use in the litigation’
Lowell drafted an affidavit in December 2018 for Allaham ‘to cover Jamal’s butt’, Allaham’s lawyer wrote in an email
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’.
‘Let me see if there is a pursuit we can do as a common interest,’ Lowell wrote to Allaham’s attorneys on June 6. ‘I think there is a settlement of a good idea to be had with us.’
The ArentFox attorneys were skeptical.
‘OH MY FREAKING GOD – LOOK AT THIS,’ Allaham’s lawyer Craig Engle wrote in all-caps to his colleague Matthew Nolan.
‘I would not trust Abbe further than I could throw him,’ Nolan responded. ‘He has not been shooting straight with us on this.’
The next day Lowell sent them an email appearing to propose an up-front payment to Allaham, followed by another sum if he didn’t turn over the subpoenaed information about the alleged hacking scheme.
Lowell told Engle he wanted to ‘pursue Qatar intervening to review all docs for privilege’ and to reach an ‘agreement’ with Allaham.
He offered one payment ‘within 10 days’, and another payment conditional on ‘the absence of any substantive discovery by the Broidy Plaintiffs of Allaham, reflecting some value to maintaining confidentiality consistent with his former principal’s sovereign prerogatives.’
Engle wrote to Allaham on June 7, translating Lowell’s offer into plain English. He described it as a ‘bonus’ paid only ‘if he does not turn over sovereign documents’ in response to Broidy’s subpoena.
‘If that got out [Allaham] could be accused of being bribed as a witness,’ the ArentFox lawyer 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.
In his 305-page filing last Friday, he claimed the 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 agreement – 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.
‘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’
Lowell drafted a sworn affidavit for Allaham to sign with statements that Lowell apparently knew to be false, offering 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.
Emails show Lowell drafted an affidavit in December 2018 for Allaham to state, under penalty of perjury, that he ‘engaged in no commercial relationship’ with Lowell’s client Jamal Benomar, whom Broidy alleges served as an undeclared agent of Qatar.
The draft affidavit was ‘to cover Jamal’s butt’, Engle wrote in a December 18 2018 email published in one of Broidy’s filings.
‘Abbe and Mitch want an affidavit from you now, rather than later, for possible use in the litigation,’ he added in another email.
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.
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.’
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.
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
Lowell is now representing Hunter as he battles investigations by the FBI and the House Oversight Committee into the First Son’s shady dealings with China
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.
Broidy’s court filings claim this was just a legal strategy to allow Benomar to preserve his diplomatic immunity in a broader attempt by Qatari consultants to avoid handing over their communications as part of the legal discovery process.
Broidy claims these same consultants were in on Qatar’s alleged hack and smear campaign – though the consultants deny it.
‘At Qatar’s behest, defendants, together with other parties, illegally used hacked materials to smear [Broidy],’ the GOP money man’s lawyers wrote in their August 25 filing.
‘At the behest of this enormously wealthy foreign country which was paying the fees of all of those parties’ attorneys’ fees—the lawyers for defendants and nonparties and Qatar itself went to extraordinary lengths to help Qatar cover up that egregious misconduct.’
They claim the emails and contracts ‘evidence what appears to be an egregiously improper and longstanding effort by Qatar and its agents, including the defendants and nonparty subpoena recipients—and their respective counsel—to frustrate discovery in this and other actions brought by plaintiffs arising from Qatar’s hack-and-smear campaign’.