The key witness in the Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, George Nader was accused of making sexual acts with a 14-year-old boy who he transported from Europe.
Nader was also charged with child pornography and obscenity by the same prosecutors last month as he made a court appearance on Friday and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Nader, a 60-year-old Lebanese-American businessman with deep political and financial ties to the United Arab Emirates, was a key cooperator in Mueller’s probe of foreign influence in the 2016 election. Nader met several times with individuals associated with the Trump campaign throughout the election and into the early days of the administration. He spoke with officials and advisers on matters ranging from a pitch by a foreign firm for the campaign to use social-media manipulation to regime-change in Iran. (He met with Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign advisors about the plan, which included a proposal to use fake avatars to garner support for Trump, but Trump officials deny they ever considered it), according to The Daily Beast.
Nader should be held in jail before the trial because of his criminal past with a “rich history’’ according to the federal prosecutors. He was convicted in the Czech Republic because he abused minors. On the other hand, his lawyer called the argument of the U.S. officials weak because he was acquitted of the sex-trafficking charge in the Czech Republic.
He was also charged for transporting child pornography back in 1984. His attorneys claimed that the materials were found with the help of an illegal search and the charge was later dismissed. Six years later, pornographic materials with small boys were found with Nader and he pleaded guilty on the charges a year later.