follow the money
I mentioned below that the report from The Wall Street Journal about the hush agreement negotiated by Michael Cohen for Elliott Broidy, a top Trump fundraiser, is a key, new connection between the hush money payoffs and the Russia probe proper. Broidy is tied to the murky shenanigans of George Nader, with money payoffs from the Gulf states and the Russia/Seychelles back channel. But there are some key details about this agreement itself.
George Nader's ties to the United Arab Emirates are well known.
But according to a New York Times report, Nader also has previously undisclosed links to Russia meeting with Russian oligarchs and negotiating an ill-fated arms deal between Russia and Iraq in 2012.
Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into a meeting that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, attended with former United Arab Emirates adviser George Nader, who is cooperating in the investigation.
Mueller is investigating whether Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, funneled money from the Emirates to Trump’s campaign, as well as his contacts with the president’s advisers and ties to Russia. Nader had a hand in organizing a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles with Emirates officials, a Russian banker close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Erik Prince, a top Republican donor linked to the Trump transition team.
In 1984, a postal inspector named Robert Northrop along with a customs officer executed a search warrant on the Washington, DC, home where Nader rented a room.
The search warrant was issued after the US Post Office found reason to believe magazines depicting underage boys engaged in sexual activities were included in a package sent to Nader from the Netherlands.
Mueller is questioning the crowdsourced firm Wikistrat and its co-founders, including Joel Zamel—who was asked about his business relations with Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Nader, who acts as a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, is believed to have represented the United Arab Emirates’ interests in meetings at the White House with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Kushner and former chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Stephen Bannon, former chief strategist to US President Donald Trump and former head of right-wing website Breitbart News, has become a prominent piece of the puzzle in the Mueller probe because of his connections to international players, including senior officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating previously unreported meetings in the Seychelles that included several foreign power players, according to an investigation by NJ.com. The January 2017 meetings were attended by “foreign influencers” from countries like “Russia, France, Saudi Arabia and South Africa,” and were “part of a larger gathering” hosted by United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, according to the report. Several of the meetings occurred around the same time as an already-reported gathering between Blackwater’s Erik Prince, Russian businessman Kirill Dmitriev, and the crown prince. That meeting was brokered by George Nader, who has been of interest to Mueller. Flight records show that people in the Saudi financial system, and others holding passports from Egypt and Singapore flew into the Seychelles in the second week of January. Alexander Mashkevitch, an “alleged financier of Bayrock, an investment vehicle linked to Trump,” was also reportedly on the islands during that time period. Nader flew to the islands on Jan. 7, and Dmitriev flew in on Jan. 11.