UAE adviser eyed in Mueller probe is cooperating with investigators: report

UAE adviser eyed in Mueller probe is cooperating with investigators: report
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An adviser to the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is cooperating with investigators and gave testimony to a grand jury last week as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s probe, The New York Times reported Tuesday night

George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who advises Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, is cooperating as investigators reportedly examine whether Nader funneled money from the UAE in an attempt to influence President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House passes 'right to try' drug bill Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut MORE’s policies.

The special counsel’s team has taken an interest in a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles that Nader attended, the Times reported. Also in attendance was a Russian investor connected to President Vladimir Putin, and Erik Prince, a founder of Blackwater who advised Trump during the transition.


Nader was reportedly first served search warrants and a subpoena after landing at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17. He planned to continue on to Florida to celebrate the president's first year in office at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate but was held up by FBI investigators, who questioned him for two hours and took his electronics, the Times reported.

Since then, Mueller's team has questioned him multiple times about his meetings with Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerNY investigating Kushner Cos. properties after report on filing false paperwork Overnight Finance: Lawmakers race to finalize omnibus | What we know about funding bill | White House on board | Fed raises rates for first time under Powell White House race to replace Hope Hicks has two lead contenders MORE, Stephen Bannon and other officials, the newspaper reported. 

Reports of Nader’s cooperation come as Mueller is said to be expanding the scope of his investigation to look into Trump’s past financial dealings.

Four former Trump campaign associates have thus far pleaded guilty or been indicted as part of Mueller’s investigation. Mueller also filed charges last month against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election.