Lobbyist who testified in Mueller probe facing campaign finance charges
Lobbyist George Nader, who was among the many witnesses in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, is now facing federal campaign finance charges.
According to Politico’s Ben Schreckinger, Nader has been serving as a “conduit” between advisers for President Donald Trump and “Middle Eastern interests.” But he has been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Schreckinger reports, for “allegedly using straw donors to conceal contributions to Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.”
Schreckinger explains that the indictment doesn’t mention Hillary Clinton specifically; it only mentions an unidentified 2016 presidential candidate. Nonetheless, it is obvious that she is the candidate the indictment against Nader is referring to.
Nader, the DOJ’s indictment says, tried to gain influence in Clinton’s 2016 campaign while reporting to a foreign official. Andy Khawaja, the CEO of a payment processing company, is mentioned as an alleged co-conspirator in the indictment.
According to Schreckinger, the indictment alleges that “Nader conspired with Khawaja to secretly fund $3.5 million in donations that were made in the name of Khawaja, his wife and his firm, Allied Wallet Inc.”
Nader has both Republican and Democratic connections. The lobbyist acted as a liaison between Trump’s advisers and Middle Eastern leaders such as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Nader also has a history of child pornography charges. After pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges in 1991, Nader pleaded not guilty in July 2019 to charges of importing child pornography.