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 (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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.

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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 KushnerKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records 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.