Convicted sex offender George Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, has been indicted by United States prosecutors for his alleged role in a scheme to conceal large sums of illegal campaign contributions to help Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
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.
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.