[Ed. – This is an impermissible expansion of the probe anyway, since it is WAY outside anything in Mueller’s special-counsel charter. But it’s, er, interesting that Qatar — for several years now an Iran ally, and rival to the Saudi-led Gulf political coalition that includes UAE — is the source of Mueller’s information, but won’t actually give him the evidence. Jeff Sessions should just summarily shut this “UAE” business down. It’s a daily high crime for it to keep going.]
Qatari officials gathered evidence of what they claim is illicit influence by the United Arab Emirates on Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including details of secret meetings, but decided not to give the information to special counsel Robert Mueller for fear of harming relations with the Trump administration, say three sources familiar with the Qatari discussions.
Lebanese-American businessman George Nader and Republican donor Elliott Broidy, who participated in the meetings, have both been the focus of news reports in recent days about their connections to the UAE and Trump associates.
It is unknown whether Qatari officials were the source of the recent news stories detailing activities by Nader and Broidy published by The New York Times and CNN.