Businessman Helped Saudis Make Illegal Campaign Donations To Trump Campaign
Andy Khawaja, a Lebanese-American businessman, said that he aided Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in illegally contributing millions of dollars to President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, according to Spectator.
Khawaja told Spectator’s Paul Wood that he sold technology to political operative George Nader that helped him conceal millions of dollars’ worth of donations from UAE and Saudi Arabia as small contributions made by American citizens.
“He says that to keep it secret, they disguised the money as small donations from Americans, using stolen identities and ‘virtual credit cards’ or gift cards -- donations of less than $200 do not have to be reported to the Federal Election Commission and made public,” Wood writes. “He claims the Saudis and the Emiratis were able to make thousands of such small donations at a time using the latest payment processing technology.”
Nader, according to Khawaja, boasted to him about how Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Russia all helped Trump become president. Nader even sent Wood photos of himself posing with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as proof of his access to the world leaders.
Wood urged caution at accepting Khawaja’s claims at face value, and noted that both Nader and Khawaja were indicted by the Department of Justice for making illegal straw donations to Hillary Clinton during her presidential run against Trump.
However, two additional witnesses corroborated Khawaja’s basic account of Nader seeking to help UAE use payment technology to illegally funnel money into Trump’s campaign.