This isn't a good look for Robert Mueller. One of his former witnesses involved with the Russia probe has been charged with allegedly concealing what appears to be illegal donations to Hillary Clinton. To make it worse, the suspect, known as George Nader, was apparently a lobbyist with connections to President Donald Trump's inner circle.
To make matters even worse, there's at least eight people being charged with similar or connected money related crimes as well, as per a report on the Justice Department website.
The eight people were charged with funneling over $3 million in "illegal foreign campaign contributions to an unnamed candidate in the 2016 elections, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday."
Hillary Clinton's name is not mentioned on the official report, however "campaign finance records indicate that the recipient of the donations was Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton," as per a report on Fox News.
In an unsealed 53-count indictment, prosecutors alleged that Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, CEO of an online payment processing company, and George Nader, who has acted as a liaison between President Trump’s top advisers and officials within the United Arab Emirates, conspired to conceal Nader's $3.5 million in campaign contributions to an unnamed 2016 presidential candidate by making them in the name of Khawaja, his wife and his company, Allied Wallet Inc., all while Nader allegedly reported to an official from a foreign government about his efforts to gain the campaign's political influence.
Prosecutors also alleged that Khawaja donated $1.8 million to several political committees, which allowed him to host a private fundraiser for a presidential candidate and a private fundraising dinner for an elected official in 2018, according to the Justice Department's press release.
Khawaja reportedly donated at least $3 million to Democratic candidates and related groups. One of those groups received $1 million, and they are called Priorities USA. They were one of the main PAC's showing big support for Hillary Clinton.
However, it's also reported that he gave $1 million to Trump's inaugural fund, but then he also had a fundraiser for Clinton and big time donors back in August of 2016. Based on that, it appears that he originally supported Clinton, but maybe switched to Trump later on when Clinton was defeated.
Nader is another story.
Fox News states he was working as an intermediary connecting Trump's administration with the UAE crown prince named Mohammed bin Zayed. Nader also served as a "key witness" in Robert Mueller's Russia probe.
Think that's bad? That's the least of his worries. Nader has some really bad crimes dating back to 1991 in Virginia and he's in federal custody on some unrelated charges of, well, things we don't even want to post on this website. Just think crimes involving pictures of minors and you get the idea.
How Nader was allowed near anyone in politics, I have no idea. Then again, we saw people like Jeffrey Epstein living large, because money talks.
Justice.gov posted this statement:
A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, 48, of Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 7, 2019, along with George Nader, Roy Boulos, Rudy Dekermenjian, Mohammad “Moe” Diab, Rani El-Saadi, Stevan Hill and Thayne Whipple. The 53 count indictment charges Khawaja with two counts of conspiracy, three counts of making conduit contributions, three counts of causing excessive contributions, 13 counts of making false statements, 13 counts of causing false records to be filed, and one count of obstruction of a federal grand jury investigation. Nader is charged with conspiring with Khawaja to make conduit campaign contributions, and related offenses. Boulos, Dekermenjian, Diab, El-Saadi, Hill, and Whipple are charged with conspiring with Khawaja and each other to make conduit campaign contributions and conceal excessive contributions, and related offenses.
According to the indictment, from March 2016 through January 2017, Khawaja conspired with Nader to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in campaign contributions, directed to political committees associated with a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election. By design, these contributions appeared to be in the names of Khawaja, his wife, and his company. In reality, they allegedly were funded by Nader. Khawaja and Nader allegedly made these contributions in an effort to gain influence with high-level political figures, including the candidate. As Khawaja and Nader arranged these payments, Nader allegedly reported to an official from a foreign government about his efforts to gain influence.
The indictment also alleges that, from March 2016 through 2018, Khawaja conspired with Boulos, Dekermenjian, Diab, El-Saadi, Hill, and Whipple to conceal Khawaja’s excessive contributions, which totaled more than $1.8 million, to various political committees. Among other things, these contributions allegedly allowed Khawaja to host a private fundraiser for a presidential candidate in 2016 and a private fundraising dinner for an elected official in 2018.
This story was so bad that even CNN ran with it.