The Justice Department announced on Tuesday it was charging two Lebanese-American businessmen, one of whom was a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with conspiring to funnel more than $3 million in illegal campaign contributions to a 2016 presidential candidate.
Six other people were also charged in the scheme.
Campaign finance records indicate the candidate, who is not named in the Justice Department’s indictment, who received the donations is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Fox News reported.
According to the indictment, Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja and George Nader conspired to conceal Nader’s contributions to Clinton by making them in the name of Khawaja, his wife and his business.
Nader, a lobbyist with ties to President Donald Trump, is alleged to have taken part in the conspiracy in an attempt to gain influence in the Clinton campaign, according to the Justice Department.
The indictment alleges Nader was simultaneously reporting to a foreign official while the scheme was ongoing.
Khawaja helped host a fundraiser for Clinton in 2016.
Nader served in an informal capacity as a liaison between Trump’s advisers and crown princes in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
He met with Donald Trump Jr. in Aug. 2016 to offer to help his father’s campaign and met with Steve Bannon at the White House in 2017 while Bannon was serving as the president’s chief strategist.
In an unrelated matter, Nader was arrested in June on charges of transporting child pornography.