Although charged in Virginia، Nader's initial court appearance occurred Monday in New York. "Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak ordered Nader to remain in custody، pending a further hearing Tuesday،" the Washington Post reported. He reportedly faces between 15 and 40 years in prison، if convicted.
During the transition، "Nader 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،" according to the Post. Nader subsequently became a key witness in Mueller's investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal.
Of particular interest to prosecutors was Nader's alleged effort to organize a meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 between Kirill Dmitriev، a Russian official close to President Vladimir Putin، and Erik Prince، a Trump supporter who founded a private security firm called Blackwater.
In addition to allegedly assisting the Seychelles meeting، Nader is also reported to have visited the White House on a few occasions to meet with Steve Bannon، then the president's chief strategist، and Jared Kushner، the president's son-in-law and senior adviser. Bannon was also interviewed by Mueller during his probe، although not necessarily about Nader، and Kushner has remained a target of scrutiny in relation to a number of national security questions.
Members of the far-right frequently attack progressives by spuriously attaching them to pedophilia-based conspiracy theories. The most infamous example of this was Pizzagate، the now de-bunked conspiracy theory، which falsely claimed that members of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign were part of a secret pedophile ring. That particular conspiracy theory caused a man named Edgar Welch، who was obsessed with the conspiracy theory، to burst into Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington with a gun in order to discover the so-called "truth" about the alleged pedophile ring. After terrorizing the customers and launching his own investigation، he realized that Pizzagate was a hoax and surrendered to police