Steve Stombres
Steve Stombres

Harbinger Strategies began working for Broadcom Inc. on March 12, which was the day that Donald Trump torpedoed its hostile takeover bid for of San Diego-based Qualcomm, on national security grounds, according to its federal registration made May 18.

The DC firm is noted for its strong Republican ties. Steve Stombres and Kyle Nevins (aides to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor) and John O'Neill (counsel to ex-House Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott) launched Harbinger in 2015.

They lobbied for Broadcom with another Lott alum, Manny Rossman.

President Trump killed the deal upon the recommendation of the Treasury Dept.'s Committee on Foreign Investment in the US.

"There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Broadcom Limited, a limited company organized under the laws of Singapore (Broadcom)...through exercising control of Qualcomm Incorporated (Qualcomm), a Delaware corporation, might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," said the March 12 statement from Trump.