US special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is reportedly investigating possible efforts by the United Arab Emirates to buy political influence in the White House by supporting Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The investigators have, in recent weeks, questioned a Lebanese-American businessman with ties to the Persian Gulf nation who discussed Middle East policy with top aides to Trump, The New York Times reported Saturday.
George Nader, a back-channel negotiator with Syria during the Clinton administration and later an adviser to the de facto ruler of the UAE, frequently visited President Trump’s White House last year.
The investigators have asked about Nader’s role in White House policymaking and his meetings with senior adviser Jared Kushner and former chief strategist Steve Bannon, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.
They discussed US policy toward Persian Gulf nations prior to…