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George Aref Nader (Arabic: جورج نادر‎, born 1959 in the country of Lebanon) is an American businessman, lobbyist, and convicted sex offender. He has acted as an unofficial liaison between Washington politicians and the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and as a lobbyist for private security firm Blackwater.

George Nader
Born (1959-05-15) 15 May 1959 (age 60)[1]
CitizenshipUnited States, Lebanon
Alma materCleveland State University
Conviction(s)Child pornography infractions
Child sexual abuse
Capture status
Arrested; in United States custody
Details
CountryUnited States, Czech Republic
Date apprehended
1991; 2003–2004; 2019

Nader is an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and a consultant to Blackwater founder Erik Prince. In January 2018, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators questioned Nader in connection to suspicions that the UAE had been involved with President Trump’s 2016 campaign.[2]

Nader was sentenced in the 1990s for transporting child pornography publications, and imprisoned in 2003 for sexually abusing ten boys in the Czech Republic.[3] In June 2019, he was arrested and charged with transporting pornography depicting child sexual abuse and bestiality.[4][5]

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Early lifeEdit

Nader was born in Lebanon,[6] and is a Christian.[7] As a teenager, he moved to the US, not knowing any English. He went on to attend Cleveland State University.[8]

CareerEdit

From 1981 through the 1990s, Nader was editor of Middle East Insight.[9] The magazine ceased publication in 2002.[10]

During the George H. W. Bush administration (1989–1993) he helped to free American hostages in Lebanon after the Iran–Contra affair.[9] During the Clinton Administration (1993–2001), Nader tried unsuccessfully to broker an Israeli–Syrian peace agreement, working with Estée Lauder heir Ronald Lauder.[9]

In the 2000s, Nader left Washington and spent most of his time in the Middle East, especially in Iraq after the 2003 Iraq invasion.[10] Since then, Nader has volunteered with U.S. politicians to act as a "shadow diplomat" connecting them to Middle Eastern officials.[9] Erik Prince, founder of security firm Blackwater, hired Nader to help with contracts with the Iraqi government; in a 2010 deposition, Prince identified Nader as a "business development consultant".[11]

In August 2016, Nader met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower offering assistance to his father's presidential campaign.[12] Nader served as an envoy representing Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince and de facto ruler Mohammad bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The meeting included Erik Prince and Joel Zamel, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation[13][12] and owner of intelligence gathering firms including Wikistrat and the Psy-Group, who bragged to have received $2 million from Nader as part of the presidential campaign.[14]

Nader attended a December 2016 meeting in New York between the United Arab Emirates officials and president-elect Donald Trump's associates Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, and Steve Bannon.[9] In January 2017 he was at a meeting on the Seychelles islands between the Emiratis and Erik Prince, and was present when Prince met with officials from the UAE and Kirill Dmitriev, head of state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund.[9]

Working with Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy in 2017, Nader funded a conference criticizing Qatar that was hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.[15] At the time Nader and Broidy were pushing the White House to remove Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom the Saudis and Emiratis saw as insufficiently tough on Iran and Qatar.[6]

In January 2018, Nader was served a grand-jury subpoena,[16] and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators questioned him to elicit if the UAE had tried to influence members of President Trump’s campaign.[9][17] Kathryn Ruemmler, an Obama-era White House counsel, was among the lawyers representing Nader.[1] Nader was granted immunity for information for the investigation.[6][18]

Child pornography and sexual abuse convictionsEdit

Nader has been charged with multiple crimes involving the sexual exploitation of minors, and convicted of several of them. A 1985 charge of receiving from the Netherlands films and magazines depicting pre- and post-pubescent boys engaged in sexual acts, was dismissed due to an invalid search warrant.[19] A federal court in Virginia in 1991 gave him a six-month sentence on a felony charge of transporting from Germany pornographic videotapes of boys about 13 or 14 years old.[19] Prosecutors agreed to put the case under seal "due to the extremely sensitive nature of Mr. Nader’s work in the Middle East."[19]

In 2003, he was convicted in Prague, Czech Republic for sexually abusing ten boys, for which he served one year in prison.[1][19] A spokesperson of the court told press that the crimes occurred between 1999 and 2002. In one case, at his room in Hilton Prague Hotel, Nader requested oral sex from a 14-year-old boy. After he refused, Nader masturbated in front of him and paid him 2,000 koruna.[1]

On June 3, 2019, Nader was arrested by federal agents for possession of child pornography as well as bestiality[20] and, for a second time, transportation of child pornography. These charges stemmed from his January 2018 questioning by FBI agents working on behalf of special counsel Robert Mueller, at which time child pornography was incidentally found on one of his three cell phones as agents inspected it pursuant to a warrant.[21][22] He was ordered to be held in jail pending trial in Virginia.[23]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Bradley Klapper, Karel Janicek, Desmond Butler, Tom LoBianco and Eric Tucker (15 March 2018), "Mueller Witness Is Convicted Pedophile With Shadowy Past", Bloomberg, retrieved 20 May 2018CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Mazzetti, Mark; Kirkpatrick, David D.; Protess, Ben; LaFraniere, Sharon (4 April 2018). "Witness in Mueller Inquiry Who Advises U.A.E. Ruler Also Has Ties to Russia" – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ Mueller witness was convicted on child porn charge, by Josh Gerstein, at Politico; published March 16, 2018; retrieved May 21, 2018
  4. ^ "Figure linked to Trump transition charged with transporting child pornography". Washington Post.
  5. ^ "Businessman Named in Mueller Probe Arrested on Charges Including Child Porn". Associated Press. 3 June 2019. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Kirkpatrick, David D.; Mazzetti, Mark (21 March 2018). "How 2 Gulf Monarchies Sought to Influence the White House". The New York Times.
  7. ^ George A. Nader (3 May 1987), AT HOME WITH THE AYATOLLAH AND HIS MEN, The Washington Post, retrieved 20 May 2018
  8. ^ Max Kutner (6 March 2018). "Who Is George Nader? Mueller Investigating Whether Magazine Editor Helped UAE Buy White House Influence". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Shimon Prokupecz, Kara Scannell and Sara Murray 'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russia probe CNN, March 7, 2018
  10. ^ a b Zoe Szathmary, Joseph Weber George Nader in spotlight amid Mueller probe: Who is he? Fox New, March 5, 2018
  11. ^ Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman and David D. Kirkpatrick Mueller’s Focus on Adviser to Emirates Suggests Broader Investigation New York Times, 3-3-2018
  12. ^ a b "Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election". The New York Times. 19 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Trump Jr. met Gulf princes' emissary in 2016 who offered campaign help". Reuters. 19 May 2018.
  14. ^ Byron Tau and Rebecca Ballhaus (19 May 2018), "Mueller Probe Expands to Israeli Entrepreneur With U.A.E. Ties", The Wall Street Journal, retrieved 21 May 2018CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)(subscription required)
  15. ^ Gardiner Harris (13 May 2018). "He Was a Tireless Critic of the Iran Deal. Now He Insists He Wanted to Save It". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  16. ^ Natasha Bertrand Was George Nader Allowed Into the White House? The Atlantic, March 8, 2018, accessed 114 May 2018
  17. ^ Mark Mazzetti, David D. Kirkpatrick, Adam Goldman. Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel. NYT, March 6, 2018
  18. ^ Zeeshan Aleem (28 March 2018). "George Nader, one of the Trump-Russia investigation's most mysterious figures, explained". Vox.com. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d Josh Gerstein Mueller witness was convicted on child porn charge Politico, 03/16/2018
  20. ^ "Businessman Named in Mueller Probe Arrested on Charges Including Child Porn". Associated Press. 3 June 2019. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  21. ^ Barrett, Devlin; Weiner, Rachel (3 June 2019). "Figure linked to Trump transition charged with transporting child pornography". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  22. ^ CNN, Shimon Prokupecz, Kara Scannell and Sara Murray. "'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russia probe". CNN.
  23. ^ Weiner, Rachel (7 June 2019). "George Nader, accused of a history of inappropriate contact with children, left country multiple times during Mueller interviews". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 June 2019.