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George Nader، a witness in Robert Mueller's probe، was charged with transporting child pornography

Tuesday 04/June/2019 - 04:56 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Hassaneen Tayae
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

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