Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has visited White House and is currently touring US (AFP)
A witness in the Robert Mueller investigation of US President Donald Trump cultivated Elliot Broidy, another suspect in the investigation, to become a high-level liaison between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the White House, according to a New York Times report on Wednesday.
In leaked documents obtained by the New York Times, Nader used Broidy to argue for the ousting of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on behalf of the UAE and Saudi Arabia because of their diplomatic spat with Qatar.
The leaked documents illuminate an “effort to cultivate President Trump on behalf of the two oil-rich Arab monarchies,” the Times report said.
Nader allegedly told Broidy about “how well you handle Chairman,” the Times said, a name apparently given to Trump.
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The documents also claim that Nader acted as an intermediary between Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who this week visited the White House and is currently touring the US.
The Times did not disclose where the documents came from, but said they “were provided by an anonymous group critical of Mr. Broidy’s advocacy of American foreign policies in the Middle East”.
A lawyer for Broidy said the leak came from Qatar.
“We now possess irrefutable evidence tying Qatar to this unlawful attack on, and espionage directed against, a prominent United States citizen within the territory of the United States,” said Lee S. Wolosky.
Earlier this week, Middle East Eye revealed that Nader organised a secret summit of Arab leaders on a yacht in the Red Sea in late 2015 in order to set up an elite regional group of six countries, which would supplant both the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the moribund Arab League.
The Times recently reported that Mueller’s investigators have questioned Nader and pressed witnesses about any possible attempts by the Emiratis to buy political influence by directing money to Trump’s presidential campaign.
On Friday, reports emerged of a slew of convictions of Nader on charges of sexually abusing underage boys and possessing child pornography. Newsweek reported that Nader had been sentenced to six months on child pornography charges in Virginia. According to federal court records seen by Newsweek, Nader was convicted of bringing child pornography into the US from Germany.