A convicted sex offender and key witness for the Mueller ‘investigation’ has been indicted for his supposed role in a scheme to boost Hillary Clinton’s campaign by hiding huge amounts of ‘donations.’
[George] Nader, a 60-year-old Lebanese American lobbyist, is accused of conspiring with Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, the Los Angeles-based 48-year-old chief executive of Allied Wallet, to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in campaign contributions to political committees associated with a presidential candidate to gain influence during and after the 2016 campaign.
Nader and Khawaja were charged on Nov. 7 as part of a 53-count indictment dealt by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia. The indictment was unsealed on Tuesday.
Khawaja gave more than $4 million to Clinton’s campaign and other Democrats during the 2016 cycle but later donated $1 million to President Trump’s inaugural committee after Clinton lost, according to the Associated Press.
As he shifted his focus to Republicans after the 2016 election, the Lebanese-born Khawaja met with Trump at a Manhattan fundraiser and got a photo with the president in the Oval Office.
The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that Khawaja allegedly conspired with Nader to make $3.5 million in straw donations to boost a presidential candidate from March 2016 through January 2017.
No candidate is mentioned by name, but the indictment and campaign finance records make it clear that the money was directed towards helping Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
“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,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and FBI Washington Field Office chief Timothy Slater announced in a statement.
“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,” they continued.
According to the indictment, after the election Khawaja used his company to steer $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee and attended Trump’s inauguration with Nader.
The other charges in the indictment allege Khawaja and six associates — Roy Boulos, Rudy Dekermenjian, Mohammad “Moe” Diab, Rani El-Saadi, Stevan Hill, and Thayne Whipple — conspired to conceal executive contributions, totaling more than $1.8 million, to various political committees in 2016 through 2018. “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,” Benczkowski and Slater said.
Khawaja is also charged with obstructing the grand jury investigation in the summer by providing a witness called to testify in the case with false information about Nader and his connection to Khawaja’s company, while four of his associates are charged with obstruction by lying to the FBI.
Nader is already in federal custody on other charges. In July, he was charged with sex trafficking for allegedly transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe and then abusing him. Nader pleaded not guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.
Part of a rap sheet dating to the 1980s, Nader pleaded guilty in 1991 to a federal child porn charge involving footage of 13- or 14-year-old boys and received a six-month sentence, served at a Baltimore halfway house.
Nader acted as a connection between Trump’s circle and Russian, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabian officials in 2016 and 2017 as he pursued business deals in the Middle East. This included helping to set up a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles between Trump associate and Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian official with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, records indicate Nader visited the White House at least 13 times to meet with Trump’s then-chief strategist Steve Bannon.
An attorney for Nader declined to comment to the Washington Post, and an attorney for Khawaja could not immediately be reached by the outlet.
Federal Election Commission records detail the millions of dollars Khawaja admitted donating to Democratic candidates, campaigns, and political action committees.
Khawaja told the Federal Election Commission he donated $2,700 in October 2015 and $2,700 in July 2016 to Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary for America. He said he donated $135,000 in March 2016, $150,000 in April 2016, $68,400 in June 2016, and $60,000 in September 2016 to the Clinton campaign’s joint fundraising committee, the Hillary Victory Fund. The records also show a donation totaling $200,400 in July 2016 to the Hillary Action Fund, a joint fundraising effort between Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Khawaja told the FEC about donations to the DNC totaling $231,100, in addition to donations to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee totaling $33,400 in 2016 and $43,900 in 2017 and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee totaling $233,400 in 2016, $230,000 in 2017, and $237,300 in 2018.
Khawaja also reported donating massive sums to liberal PACs, including $1,100,000 to Priorities USA Action, the primary super PAC supporting Clinton’s campaign, and $100,000 to Senate Majority PAC in 2016. He also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Senate and congressional races around the country with a special focus on his home state of California, including $4,200 in 2016 and $3,900 in 2017 to Schiff for Congress, the campaign committee for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
In addition, Khawaja’s company, Allied Wallet, reported giving $550,000 to the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, the Democratic National Convention’s fundraising arm, in July 2016. The business also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic super PACs in 2017 and 2018.
FEC records show Nader reported giving $595 in donations to Trump’s presidential campaign committee in 2016, as well as $100 dollars to Ben Carson’s campaign, but not to any Democrats that election cycle.
Nader was a business associate of Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser and deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee who resigned from that position in April 2018 after reports that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen negotiated a $1.6 million settlement in 2017 between Broidy and a former Playboy model who said Broidy impregnated her. Nader and Broidy worked to influence U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East prior to Broidy’s resignation and Nader’s arrest in June.