A Lebanese-American businessman accused of campaign finance violations by the United States Justice Office claimed in an interview with the United Kingdom’s Spectator magazine that officers from Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia illegally funnelled tens of millions of dollars into the 2016 marketing campaign of US President Donald Trump.
Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, the CEO of an on-line payment processing company, claims Emirati officials disguised the funds using stolen identities and present cards as less than-$200 campaign contributions that are not demanded to be documented to the Federal Election Commission.
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Khawaja is at the moment a fugitive himself wanted for producing wrong statements, obstruction and allegedly earning $3.5m in illegal contributions to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. He was indicted alongside with George Nader, yet another Lebanese-American businessman and a convicted paedophile currently awaiting sentencing in the US, and six many others in December of 2019 by a federal grand jury in Washington, DC.
Nader was a cooperating witness in the investigation by Specific Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In accordance to Mueller’s report, Nader was an influential power broker in the Center East and an casual adviser to the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates and established up a meeting in the Seychelles in an hard work to set up a backchannel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin in Moscow.
In the Spectator job interview, with journalist Paul Wood, Khawaja statements Nader approached him in 2016 supposedly on behalf of a member of the UAE’s intelligence providers who required to invest in a payment motor for processing credit score card payments around the web. The motor was to be utilized to channel donations from resources in Saudi Arabia to the Trump marketing campaign, with officials in the UAE dealing with the mechanics of the transactions.
Nader explained to Khawaja that the Emiratis experienced a offer with Trump marketing campaign officers in which, if elected, the president would withdraw from a nuclear arrangement with Iran and impose additional sanctions on the country that would cripple its oil marketplace and gain people of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Khawaja made available no proof of his allegations to the magazine and most US officials possibly denied the assertions or declined to comment. In an electronic mail statement to the magazine, the Republican Countrywide Committee reported it had viewed no proof to help the allegations and that it takes “diligent measures to guarantee donations are manufactured in accordance with the law”.
Khawaja further more claimed that he and his on the internet payment corporation, Allied Wallet, are being unfairly persecuted by US officers. Allied Wallet paid out a $110m judgement by the Federal Trade Commission in May 2019 immediately after currently being accused of knowingly processing fraudulent online transactions.
“The law has been manipulated,” Khawaja, who now lives in Beirut, instructed the Spectator. “I see my case like a judgement time – when they introduced Jesus Christ to the Romans. They just threw an accusation at him to crucify him. That is how I see myself, Jesus Christ standing in a Roman courtroom, becoming accused of things I by no means did.”