Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is now purportedly looking into whether the United Arab Emirates, with perhaps help from a top adviser, tried to gain political influence by putting money into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — a tack that would indicate Mueller’s investigation continues to expand beyond whether campaign officials colluded with Russia.
Critics wonder why this would be a part of the investigation, since it clearly has nothing to do with Russia, and Hillary Clinton herself was funded in large part by the Saudis.
Mueller’s investigators in recent weeks have questioned the adviser, Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, and asked witnesses for information about whether the UAE tried to buy political influence by giving money to the Trump campaign, according to The New York Times.
Nader has been a frequent visitor to the Trump White House. And the president has praised the UAE for the Persian Gulf nation’s efforts to work with the United States on economic issues and squashing terrorism in the region, thanking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for his efforts just last week, according to the White House.
Nader has purportedly been an adviser to the crown prince. Axios first reported that Mueller investigators were talking to Nader.
Mueller took over the Justice Department investigation in May 2017. And in recent weeks, he has made several moves that suggest his probe has expanded beyond possible collusion, including charging former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort with alleged tax and bank fraud and indicting 13 Russians in connection with trying to sow political discord during the 2016 elections.
Not so surprisingly, Mueller failed to mention that he is investigating President Trump for what Hillary Clinton herself is “guilty” of.
It is a well documented fact that Saudi Arabia supplied 20% of the funding for Hillary’s failed campaign for president, and at the time, the term “quid pro quo” found its way back into the news, with pundits on the left and right wondering what influence the Saudi’s would have on a Clinton presidency. Her then-opponent Bernie Sanders lambasted her for her dependence on Saudi financing for her campaign.
With Mueller steering clearly off his designated course, critics say it’s time for Mueller to wrap up his inquiry, and admit to the public that there was no evidence of President Trump colluding with Russia.
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March 4th, 2018