Foreign Agent Pleads Guilty to Illegally Funneling $3.5M to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign

Lebanese operative George Nader has pleaded guilty to illegally funneling $3.5million into Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign on behalf of a foreign government.

Nader was working for The United Arab Emirates and his role was to try to corruptly influence the American system.

In December 2019, Nader was charged in U.S. federal court with violating campaign finance laws for pumping the cash into Clinton’s campaign through a front.

In June 2019, he was also arrested by federal agents and charged with possession of child pornography and images of bestiality

He was later arrested for bringing a minor to the U.S. “for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual activity.”

Prosecutors are pushing Nader to serve 5 years in prison for illegally funneling the cash to Clinton.

They want him to start serving the five years after he serves his 10-year term for the child abuse charges.

According to the Intercept:

“Federal prosecutors disclosed in a December sentencing memo that Nader had agreed months earlier to plead guilty to a single count of felony conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government by funneling millions in donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and concealing the funds’ foreign origin. Nader’s plea has not been previously reported.

“Nader conspired to hide the funds “out of a desire to lobby on behalf and advance the interests of his client, the government of the United Arab Emirates,” according to the prosecutors’ sentencing memo.”

DOJ said when they charged Nader:

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“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,” DOJ said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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