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Mueller Investigating Jared Kushner Meeting With Former United Arab Emirates Adviser

Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into a meeting that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, attended with former United Arab Emirates adviser George Nader, who is cooperating in the investigation.

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Mueller’s investigators asked witnesses for information on the meeting, which took place in early 2017 in New York, The New York Times reported Wednesday. In attendance were Kushner, Nader, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Kushner’s friend Richard Gerson, who founded the hedge fund Falcon Edge Capital.  

It is unclear why Mueller is probing the meeting, but noteworthy connections exist among the individuals. Kushner’s family foundation has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to an Israeli medical aid organization headed by Gerson’s brother Mark, according to the Times. Kushner and Mark Gerson, founder of a research company, have been friends for more than 10 years. Mark Gerson invested in Kushner’s younger brother Josh’s real estate technology company Cadre.

Meanwhile, Richard Gerson has fostered business deals with United Arab Emirates officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, and looked at Emirates state funds for investments.

Mueller is investigating whether Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, funneled money from the Emirates to Trump’s campaign, as well as his contacts with the president’s advisers and ties to Russia. Nader had a hand in organizing a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles with Emirates officials, a Russian banker close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Erik Prince, a top Republican donor linked to the Trump transition team.

It is unlikely that Mueller will build a case against Nader, and rather, he has gained some immunity for speaking as a witness, according to the Times. Nader’s lawyer in the Mueller probe, Sandeep Savla, according to The Washington Post, said Nader planned to “continue to answer truthfully questions put to him by the special counsel.”

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