Trump associate and key witness in the Russian investigation George Nader was arrested on Monday on charges of transporting child pornography, according to The Washington Post — the latest of numerous child-related charges he has faced over the past few decades.
Federal authorities “found 12 sexually explicit videos featuring boys approximately ranging in age from 2 to 14” on one of Nader’s cell phones when the FBI interviewed him in relation to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, court documents revealed.
Nader was revealed to have played "the 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."
Though he was charged in April 2018, the charges remained under seal until he returned to the U.S. and was arrested this week.
The Lebanese-American businessman has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement officials over child pornography and related crimes against children, but Nader’s connections to influential figures and role in national security operations have helped him avoid serious repercussions.
In 1991, Nader was convicted of transporting child pornography but received a reduced sentence due to his assistance in the government’s attempts to free U.S. hostages being held in Lebanon at the time.
He was also indicted in 1985 in Washington, D.C., on two counts of mailing and importing child pornography, the Post reported; however, “those charges were dismissed before trial after Nader’s lawyers successfully argued that authorities had illegally seized evidence in the case.”
And in 2003, Nader served one year in a Prague prison after he was convicted of abusing minors.
According to the Post, officials said Nader faces 15 to 40 years in prison if he is convicted on the current charges against him.