The Swamp: Seven Of Trump's Campaign Advisers Have Been Convicted Of Crimes
George Nader, a former informal adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, pleaded guilty this week to charges of child pornography possession and child sex trafficking, bringing the list of Trump advisers caught up in criminal activity to seven.
Nader, 60, entered his guilty plea on Monday, according to Courthouse News Service.
The Lebanese-American businessman first met with members of the Trump transition team in December 2016 at Trump Tower, including Trump’s son in-in-law, Jared Kushner and Trump’s chief strategist at the time, Steve Bannon. The Emirati crown prince was also present at the meeting.
Along with the child-sex charges, Nader faces another prosecution in the U.S. “for conspiracy to conceal campaign contributions,” with prosecutors claiming that “[Nader and others] funneled $3.5 million to various political committees and presidential candidates.”
Others on the list, Forbes previously noted, include: Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime friend and former adviser; Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney; George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser; Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman; Rick Gates, Manafort’s former deputy during the campaign; and Michael Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser.
Stone became the sixth associate of the president to be convicted as a result of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, after a jury found Stone guilty last year of lying to Congress and witness tampering related to his role in Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to lying to Congress, campaign finance violations, and financial crimes, receiving a three-year sentence in December. Trump was implicated in Cohen’s scheme to make hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 election who claimed they had affairs with Trump.
Papadopoulos spent two weeks in prison “after pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 campaign.”
Manafort was convicted in August 2018 on charges related to tax and bank fraud in Virginia and struck a plea deal with Mueller — which he later violated by lying — on separate federal charges. He is currently serving a seven and a half year sentence.
His former business partner, Gates, pleaded guilty “in February 2018 to charges of conspiracy against the United States and making false statements.” He will serve between four and six years in prison despite his plea deal, Forbes noted, but Gates’ sentencing was delayed due to testifying in the case against Stone.
Lastly, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017 but has yet to be sentenced. He is scheduled for sentencing in December “but could be upended by a new claim of innocence filed in federal court.”
Trump issued a tweet on Friday after Stone’s conviction lamenting that individuals on the other side of the aisle have not been arrested for what he perceives to be crimes: