A witness who provided grand jury testimony in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation and was cited extensively in Mueller’s final report has now found himself in serious legal jeopardy.
Lebanese-American businessman George Nader was arrested in New York on Monday in relation to a sealed indictment first filed in January 2018 alleging that Nader possessed a cellphone containing images of child pornography.
Few details released
A sparsely detailed news release from the Department of Justice noted how Nader had been caught entering the country in 2018 while in possession of the sexually explicit material.
If convicted, Nader would face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison, up to a maximum of 40 years. He pleaded guilty to similar charges in 1991.
What that DOJ release declined to mention, however, was the significant role Nader played in Mueller’s investigation and final report.
According to Fox News Nader is mentioned in Mueller’s report over 100 times, largely in relation to two specific meetings with foreign officials and Trump campaign associates.
The first of those involved a December 2016 meeting at Trump Tower involving President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-chief strategist Steve Bannon with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin
The second meeting described by Nader took place in January 2017 in Seychelles and involved private security contractor Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian businessman named Kirill Dmirtiev, known to have close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Nader’s testimony was used to support the narrative that foreign officials sought to obtain influence and connections with Trump, though it is worth noting that no criminal charges against Trump associates stemmed from Nader’s testimony.
Trump critics who seek to use the information contained in Mueller’s report to support impeachment proceedings against President Trump now have a problem on their hands.
Given Nader’s arrest for the possession and transportation of child pornography — as well as prior conviction for such in the past — his testimony now lacks any of the credibility it may have once held.
It will be extraordinarily difficult for anyone to faithfully cite even a word from Nader now that his character and credibility have been torn asunder by accusations of repeat child pornography offenses.