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Fri Dec 6, 2019, 03:49 AM

Indictment Details How Emirates Sought Influence in 2016 Campaign

Source: New York Times

Indictment Details How Emirates Sought Influence in 2016 Campaign

In charges unsealed this week, the Justice Department laid out new elements of an effort by an American ally to buy access in Washington.

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Kenneth P. Vogel
Dec. 5, 2019

The donors referred to their campaign contributions as baked goods, usually “baklava.” They called Hillary Clinton “Our Sister” or “the Big Lady.”

And they referred to their ultimate sponsor by the initials H.H., for His Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, one of the Pentagon’s closest partners in the Middle East and one of the biggest foreign spenders on influence in Washington.

“Will send you a note on the matter as per HH instruction,” George Nader, a trusted emissary for the crown prince, wrote in a text message in late June 2016, describing a million-dollar payment of “baklava,” according to an indictment unsealed by the Justice Department this week.

“I am leaving early morning back to join HH,” Mr. Nader wrote in another message a few months later to Ahmad Khawaja, a California businessman who was charged with acting as a conduit for Mr. Nader’s illegal contributions. “Have already told him about the Wonderful Event with Our Sister and he was thrilled and want to know all about it in person.”

The indictment accused Mr. Nader of funneling more than $3.5 million in illicit campaign donations through Mr. Khawaja to buy access and influence in Washington — initially with Mrs. Clinton and her Democratic allies during the 2016 campaign, and then with Donald J. Trump after he won the election — to gain “favor” and “potential financial support” from an unnamed foreign government.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/us/politics/indictment-uae-influence.html


Related: California CEO and Seven Others Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Conduit Campaign Contribution Case (U.S. Department of Justice)

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Fri Dec 6, 2019, 06:46 AM

1. SCOTUS Justice Alito denied foreign money would get into our elections. President Obama was RIGHT!

Alito was WRONG then and is certainly wrong now. Citizen United MUST GO. Politicians like Trump will take money from any source to win.

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Fri Dec 6, 2019, 03:44 PM

2. Foreign money was the entire point of the exercise, it seems.

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