It was found that Mr. Gertler used his friendship with Mr. Kabila to act as an intermediary for mining sales in the Congo. Other companies had to turn to Mr. Gertler to do business with the Congolese state costing the country more than $ 1.36 billion in revenue, the finance department said in 2017.
“Gertler is an international businessman and billionaire who amassed his fortune through obscure and corrupt mining and oil deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said the Treasury Department said in 2018when it widened sanctions against him.
The application for a new license to allow US companies to do business with Mr. Gertler was processed by the law firm Arnold & Porter. Baruch Weiss, a lawyer for the firm who handled the matter, declined to comment on Sunday, as did Mr Dershowitz.
Mr. Gertler had hired from October 2018 Mr. Dershowitz and Mr. Freeh as well Gregory A. Paw, a former federal prosecutor, too Work on the matterThe team then reaches out to the Treasury Department and the State Department to try to make the changes they made. Also registered in the lobby is Gary Apfel, an attorney who, like Mr. Dershowitz, has been involved in several successful pardons on Mr. Trump in recent months.
Erich C. Ferrari, an attorney who represents U.S. and overseas corporations on sanctions issues, reviewed the license issued by the Treasury Department on Jan. 15 and said he was surprised at how broadly U.S. corporations appeared to be allowed to work with Mr. Gertler. despite the sanctions in 2017 and 2018.
“As difficult as it is for me to believe that such a broad license has been issued and exists, I have to say that it is actually a license that directly or indirectly entitles Gertler and companies that own 50 percent or more to to do business with and through US banks, ”Ferrari said.
The guard in a statement on Sunday recommended that US banks not unblock Mr. Gertler’s money or “open accounts or otherwise transact for or on behalf of Gertler and his network until this matter is fully investigated and resolved”.
Kenneth P. Vogel Contribution to reporting.