The Daily Mail has exclusively reported that former Trump donor Elliott Broidy was allegedly paid $100 million by the UAE to smear the Qatar government in a campaign along with former Trump campaign adviser and convicted pedophile George Nader, who is a Lebanese-American businessman. According to a lawsuit, obtained by the Mail, Broidy lobbied U.S. officials to take a stance against Qatar.
Mosafer chairman and CEO Ashraf Abdul Rahim Abu Issa filed a federal lawsuit this month against the scheme put in place by Broidy and Nader. He told the Daily Mail website that his company “went up in flames” as Nader’s scheme reportedly portrayed Qatar as a country that harbored terrorists and so people considered it unsafe to travel.
The lawsuit also stated that Broidy was instrumental in creating fake news sites. Some of them were websites with domain names such as Qatarexposed and BoycottQatarnow. This is not the first time Broidy has had legal tussles with the nation. Last year he had sued cyber security firm saying that Qatar had paid them to hack his mails.
The legal paper also stated that the UAE awarded a $200 million “intelligence gathering” contract to Broidy’s firm, which indicated that there was a strong relationship between the businessman and the country. The lawsuit by Mosafer is the newest development as the legal war between Qatar and Broidy continues.
Last October, Broidy had pleaded guilty to charges that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent as he had lobbied for Chinese and Malaysian interests. However, former President Donald Trump pardoned this GOP donor in January and so the proceedings of the case were stopped.
The married GOP donor and father of children have also been entangled in other scandals including impregnating a Playboy model. He reportedly paid her $1.6 million in a confidentiality agreement through arrangements made by Michael Cohen who had reportedly paid adult actress Stormy Daniels allegedly on behalf of former president Donald Trump.
He also pled guilty to a misdemeanor after cooperating and paying back $18 million in management fees in another illegal scandal.
Spokesman for Elliott Broidy said that the suit was a shameful attempt to silence an American who spoke out about Qatar’s human rights records and ties to terrorism. George Nader is currently serving a 10-year jail term for child sex trafficking.