WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether a Malaysian businessman paid his legal team, which included former Gov. Chris Christie, with laundered money, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

A report by NJ.com about the story says Jho Low is under investigation to determine how much of a role he played in the $4.5 billion embezzlement of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund, and whether he used the money to pay his defense in another case that involved Christie and a lawyer who represents President Donald Trump.

The other lawyers named in the report were Marc Kasowitz, a lawyer for Trump, and Bobby Burchfield, who represented the Trump Organization.

A spokesman for Christie, who is now in private practice based in Morristown, told NJ.com that the former governor represented Low in a civil forfeiture matter but all communication went through the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

According to the report, there's no indication the attorneys were unaware of the laundering activity.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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