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Two Lebanese-American business people are accused under the eight people who have conspiring to funnel more than $3 million in illegal foreign campaign contributions to an unnamed candidate in the elections of 2016, the Ministry of justice announced on Tuesday.
In an unsealed 53-count indictment, prosecutors alleged that Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, CEO of an online payment-processing company, and George Nader, who acted as a liaison between the President of Trump’s top advisers and officials in the United Arab Emirates, conspired to hide, Nader s $3.5 million in campaign contributions to an unnamed 2016 presidential candidates, giving them in the name of Khawaja, his wife and his company Allied Wallet Inc., all the while, Nader allegedly reported that an official from a foreign government about its efforts to strengthen the campaign is the political influence.
Prosecutors also claimed that Khawaja donated $1.8 million to several political committees that allow him to allowed to host a private fundraiser for a presidential candidate and a private fundraising dinner for the mandate holders in the year 2018, according to the Ministry of justice in the press release.
Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja and George Nader.
(The Associated Press)
Although the indictment does not show explicitly the name of the 2016 candidate, campaign Finance records that the recipient of the donations, the democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was.
As of 2016, Khawaja himself gave $ 3 million to democratic candidates and groups, including $1 million to priorities USA, the main super PAC Clinton supported the presidential candidacy, and $to Surpass 1 million first Fund, The Washington Post reported. He also hosted a fundraiser for Clinton in addition to some other high-profile donors in August 2016.
Nader — who has acted as a mediator between the Trump administration and UAE crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, and was also one of the most important witnesses in the former special counsel Robert Mueller, the probe is said in the Russian interference in the elections of 2016 in state custody on unrelated charges of importing child pornography and traveling with a minor to engage in sexual activity, both of which he pleaded not guilty to the justice Department. He had pleaded guilty to a Federal child pornography indictment in Virginia in the year 1991.
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In addition, six other-Roy Boulos, Rudy Dekermenjian, Mohammad “Moe” Diab, Rani El-Saadi, Stevan Hill and Thayne Whipple — are charged are accused of conspiring with Khawaja and to provide each other with conduit campaign contributions, hide the excess contributions and related offences, the US authorities said.