Mr. Gertler was discovered to have used his friendship with Mr. Kabila to behave as a intermediary for mining gross sales in Congo, requiring different corporations to undergo Mr. Gertler to do enterprise with the Congolese state, costing the nation greater than $1.36 billion in income, the Treasury Department said in 2017.
“Gertler is an international businessman and billionaire who has amassed his fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the Treasury Department said in 2018, because it expanded the sanctions in opposition to him.
The utility to situation a brand new license that enables United States corporations to do enterprise with Mr. Gertler was dealt with by the regulation agency Arnold & Porter. Baruch Weiss, a lawyer on the agency who dealt with the matter, declined to remark Sunday, as did Mr. Dershowitz.
Mr. Gertler as of 2019 had hired Mr. Dershowitz and Mr. Freeh, in addition to Gregory A. Paw, a former federal prosecutor, to work on the matter, with the workforce then concentrating on the Treasury and State Departments to attempt to get the modifications made, lobbying disclosure experiences present. Also registered to foyer on the matter is Gary Apfel, a lawyer who like Mr. Dershowitz was concerned in a number of profitable pardon appeals to Mr. Trump in current months.
Erich C. Ferrari, a lawyer who represents U.S. and overseas corporations on sanctions points, reviewed the license that the Treasury issued on Jan. 15 and stated he was stunned at how broadly it appeared to permit United States corporations to work with Mr. Gertler, regardless of the sanctions in 2017 and 2018.
“As hard as it is for me to believe that a license this broad was issued and exists, I have to say that it is indeed a license authorizing Gertler and companies owned 50 percent or more, directly or indirectly, to engage in business with and through U.S. banks,” Mr. Ferrari stated.
The Sentry advisable in an announcement Sunday that the United States banks not unblock Mr. Gertler’s cash or “open accounts or otherwise conduct transactions for or on behalf of Gertler and his network until this matter is fully investigated and resolved.”
Kenneth P. Vogel contributed reporting.