Fugees rapper Pras and Malaysian banker Jho Low were being probed for their ties to the investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and according to reports, Pras tried to persuade the Trump administration to abandon the probe.

According to the Department of Justice, Pras and Low, “are alleged to have conspired with Elliott Broidy, Nickie Lum Davis, and others to engage in undisclosed lobbying campaigns at the direction of Low and the Vice Minister of Public Security for the People’s Republic of China, respectively, both to have the 1MDB embezzlement investigation and forfeiture proceedings involving Low and others dropped and to have a Chinese dissident sent back to China.”

Adding: “Michel and Low are also charged with conspiring to commit money laundering related to the foreign influence campaigns. Michel is also charged with witness tampering and conspiracy to make false statements to banks.”

In 2019, the two were accused in Washington, D.C., of illegally soliciting cash for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign while concealing the source of the cash. If Pras is convicted, he may face up to 20 years in prison on each count.