Liz Truss backs No 10 chief of staff caught up in FBI bribery probe

Liz Truss has offered her backing to No 10 chief of staff Mark Fullbrook after he was interviewed by the FBI as part of an investigation into an alleged bribery plot. The

prime minister’s closest adviser was questioned as a witness in a US Department of Justice (DoJ) and FBI investigation, it emerged on Sunday. Asked if Ms Truss was standing

by Mr Fullbrook “100 per cent”, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “Yes … He has her full support.” Questioned why he did not join Ms Truss on her US trip for the UN

conference, the spokesperson said: “It’s not usual for the chiefs of staff to remain in Downing Street,” adding that Mr Fullbrook would “oversee” the work of government. US

investigators are looking into allegations that London-based businessman Julio Martin Herrera Velutini tried to bribe the governor of Puerto Rico, a US territory. Mr Herrera

Velutini, a Conservative Party donor, is accused of bribing Puerto Rica’s governor at the time, Wanda Vazquez Garced. Prosecutors claim he wanted Ms Vazquez to sack her financial

regulator. The FBI approached the UK’s National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police in April to help secure Mr Fullbrook’s attendance at a formal interview, the Sunday

Times first reported. The new No 10 chief of staff, who led Ms Truss’s leadership campaign, was interviewed by US authorities because of his work for, and role at, CT Group

– the Australian-British lobbying firm founded by Lynton Crosby. US court records allege that the alleged bribe was paid through CT Group. Mr Fullbrook was employed as the

company’s chief global project officer.