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He's in Mueller Report 100 Times. Now, Child Porn Arrest

Key witness George Nader is arrested
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2019 6:03 AM CDT
This 1998 frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader.   (C-SPAN via AP, File)

(Newser) – The name George Nader will be familiar to anyone who has spent time with the Mueller report, given that it shows up more than 100 times, reports the AP. Now the Lebanese-American businessman is in the news for a very different reason: He's accused of transporting child pornography. The 60-year-old was arrested Monday at JFK Airport, and CNN notes that he pleaded guilty to the same charge back in 1991. This time, he faces 15 to 40 years in prison if convicted. Mueller had been interested in Nader because he "played an unusual role as a kind of liaison between Trump supporters, Middle East leaders and Russians interested in making contact with the incoming administration in early 2017," per the Washington Post.

Specifically, Mueller wanted to hear about a meeting Nader arranged in January 2017 in Seychelles between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian banker close to Vladimir Putin. Nader's testimony raised doubts about Prince's assertion that it was a chance encounter. According to the criminal complaint against him on the child pornography charges, federal agents stopped Nader at Dulles airport in DC in January 2018, and one of his phones was searched. Agents say they found sexually explicit videos involving young boys, though Nader was not charged in that matter (secretly) until April 2018, when he was out of the country. The reason agents stopped him in the first place at Dulles was to serve him a subpoena and to question him as part of the Mueller investigation, reports the Post. (Read more Mueller report stories.)

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