Russia probe witness charged with funneling millions to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign
George Nader was charged earlier this year with child trafficking and transporting child pornography.
A businessman who helped broker a meeting between an ally of President Donald Trump and an official of the Russian government has been indicted for allegedly funneling millions in illegal campaign contributions to support Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
George Nader, who was charged in another case earlier this year with child trafficking and transporting child pornography, was one of seven people named in an indictment unsealed in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night involving the campaign payments.
Nader, 60, is charged with funneling money to Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, 48, of Los Angeles in order to circumvent federal election laws that restrict the amount of donations from a specific individual and where that money is actually coming from, prosecutors say.
The indictment alleges that Nader was reporting to a middle eastern government throughout the period.
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,” the Department of Justice said in a press release.
“Khawaja and Nader allegedly made these contributions in an effort to gain influence with high-level political figures, including the candidate.”
The indictment doesn’t name the specific campaign but includes text messages from Nader to an official from the foreign country saying, “Had a terrific meeting with my Big Sister H. You will be most delighted.” In addition, the timing of the events and fundraisers matches Clinton campaign events.
The indictment refers to a Candidate 2 and the text messages make it clear that candidate is Trump. Khawaja allegedly texted Nader on WhatsApp saying, “That’s why we need birthday gift, If [Candidate 2] gets elected its over for the Arabs,” the indictment says.