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Federal prosecutors announced charges against a witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation who had ties to President Trump’s inner circle with conducting a conspiracy to direct $3.5 million in illegal campaign contributions to bodies supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
Prosecutors accused Lebanese American businessman George Nader, along with Andy Khawaja, the head of California payment-processing company Allied Wallet, of funneling millions of dollars into campaign organizations, political parties and political action committees that backed Clinton without revealing the true source of the funds.
The article goes on to state the following:
“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,” prosecutors said Tuesday.
Nader also has other troubles. The report states that he is “currently in custody awaiting trial after being arrested in June on charges surrounding child pornography and sexual abuse of a minor. He was also convicted of transporting child pornography in 1991.”
The Hill reports that during the 2016 campaign, the two men viewed a potential Trump presidency as a threat to Arab countries, but after he won the election, they embedded themselves on his side.
Nader served as a go-between for the Trump administration and the governments of the UAE and Saudia Arabia. Khawaja established a relationship with Republican fundraiser Elliott, donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration, and later landed a meeting in the Oval Office.
The Hill also states that during the first months of Trump’s presidency, Nader attended several White House meetings with Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.
A top Mueller source during the anti-Trump Russia probe — a pedophile and child porn trafficker whom Mueller refused to arrest — was just indicted for running an illegal campaign contribution scheme in 2016 on *Hillary Clinton’s* behalf. https://t.co/ggMQAnSapR pic.twitter.com/ZJ1fNKytU6
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 4, 2019
BELOW IS THE FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ON TUESDAY:
California CEO and Seven Others Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Conduit Campaign Contribution Case
Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed against the CEO of an online payment processing company, and seven others, charging them with conspiring to make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions, and related offenses, during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and thereafter.
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Assistant Director in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.
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.
The indictment further alleges that, from June 2019 through July 2019, Khawaja obstructed a grand jury investigation of this matter in the District of Columbia. Knowing that a witness had been called to testify before the grand jury, Khawaja allegedly provided that witness with false information about Nader and his connection to Khawaja’s company. Boulos, Diab, Hill, and Whipple also are charged with obstructing the grand jury’s investigation by lying to the FBI.
Currently, Nader is in federal custody on other charges.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It merely alleges that crimes have been committed. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office is investigating the case and Deputy Chief John D. Keller and Trial Attorneys James C. Mann and Michael J. Romano of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.
ANDY KHAWAJA — who was credited with giving or raising $5M+ to @HillaryClinton & other Dems in 2016, then gave $1M to TRUMP’s inaugural — is charged with conspiring with GEORGE NADER to conceal the source of $3.5M+ in contributions from 3/2016 thru 1/2017. https://t.co/7fk35a3urh
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) December 4, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) December 4, 2019
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