UAE adviser cooperating with Mueller also had Russia ties: report
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A Lebanese-American businessman who is cooperating with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE’s investigation also has connections to Russia that date back to at least 2012, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

George Nader, who serves as a top adviser to the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, helped broker a weapons deal in 2012 between the Iraqi government and Russia. The deal was canceled a short time later. 

Earlier that year, he had attended an economic forum organized by Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin, The New York Times reported. 

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The newspaper reported that Nader has frequently returned to Russia on behalf of UAE leaders, and has posed for a photograph with Putin.

Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, was already reportedly examining Nader's role in the White House's policymaking and asking about efforts by the Emiratis to influence the Trump administration.

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

Nader is said to be cooperating with Mueller's investigation.