Mueller probe looking at possible influence of UAE adviser on Trump admin policy: report

Mueller probe looking at possible influence of UAE adviser on Trump admin policy: report
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Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's team of investigators is looking into whether an adviser to the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has influenced White House policymaking.

The New York Times reported Saturday that Mueller's team is looking into a Lebanese-American businessman and adviser to the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, the crown prince of the UAE. 

That businessman, George Nader, visited the White House frequently last year, according to the Times. That investigators are examining Nader's role in the White House's policymaking and asking about efforts by the Emiratis to influence the Trump administration suggests that Mueller's probe has broadened beyond Russia's election meddling. 

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According to the Times, investigators have been asking witnesses about possible attempts by the Emiratis to buy influence in the White House by supporting President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE's 2016 campaign. 

The revelation that Mueller's team is looking into possible Emirati influence and the role of Nader comes after Mueller unsealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for their role in an alleged plot to interfere in the 2016 election. 

Mueller also recently filed a superseding indictment against former Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFox's Napolitano: Roger Stone 'absolutely entitled' to new trial after juror's tweets revealed Jessie Liu resigns after nomination for Treasury post withdrawn: report Bannon says Trump now understands how to use presidential power: 'The pearl-clutchers better get used to it' MORE, and secured a guilty plea from Richard Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and associate of Manafort's.

— Updated at 9:51 p.m.