An informant who has close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin has just given testimony to a grand jury in the Russia investigation, according to the New York Times.
That advisor, George Nader, was asked about money being funneled into the Emirates for President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Here’s how it all ties in, according to the Times:
Nader is a businessman who advises the Crown Prince in the Emirates. He was at the same meeting being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller where a Russian investor close to President Putin was also present, who interacted with Erik Prince, an informal adviser to Trump’s team during the presidential transition.
Mueller is examining whether foreign money entered presidential politics to Trump’s campaign directly, which is illegal under the law.
It’s not said precisely what Nader testified to yet, but he has something, otherwise, he wouldn’t have been called to the stand by Mueller.
Rachel Maddow got wind of the news shortly after it started circulating and alluded to the fact that her show just finished their writing for the night, but might need to do a re-write.
We think she will. This is pretty big.
It’s like an alarm goes off in newsrooms across the country: the maddow team just finished writing their show for tonight. Hit PUBLISH! PUBLISH!https://t.co/HgxanzrLi8
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 7, 2018
More from the Times:
“Mr. Nader represented the crown prince in the three-way conversation in the Seychelles, at a hotel overlooking in the Indian Ocean, in the days before Mr. Trump took office. At the meeting, Emirati officials believed Mr. Prince was speaking for the Trump transition team, and a Russian fund manager, Kirill Dmitriev, represented Mr. Putin, according to several people familiar with the meeting. Mr. Nader, who grew close later to several advisers in the Trump White House, had once worked as a consultant to Blackwater, a private security firm. Mr. Nader introduced his former employer to the Russian.
The significance of the meeting in the Seychelles has been a puzzle to American officials ever since intelligence agencies first picked up on it in the final days of the Obama administration, and the purpose of the discussion is in dispute. During congressional testimony in November, Mr. Prince denied representing the Trump transition team during the meeting and dismissed his encounter with Mr. Dmitriev as nothing more than a friendly conversation over a drink.”
Another interesting note: Nader wasn’t exactly planning on being a cooperating witness. The FBI already had enough information against him to surprise him with search warrants and a grand jury subpoena, after he arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport seeking to get on another plan to Mar-a-Lago, to meet up with Trump.
Things are about to get very interesting, indeed.