George Nader (businessman) George Aref Nader
: جورج نادر
, born May 15, 1959) is a Lebanese-American businessman, lobbyist
, former adviser to Donald Trump's presidential transition team,
and repeat convicted sex offender
. He has repeatedly acted as an unofficial liaison between United States politicians and the United Arab Emirates
and Saudi Arabia
and as a lobbyist for private security firm Blackwater
Nader has had several run-ins with the law over the years related to sexual abuse of children
. He was convicted in the 1990s of transporting child pornography
publications, and imprisoned in 2003 for sexually abusing ten boys in the Czech Republic.
He pleaded guilty in early 2020 to flying a 14-year-old boy from Europe to the US for sex, and transporting pornography depicting child sexual abuse and bestiality
From 1981 through the 1990s, Nader was editor of Middle East Insight;
the magazine ceased publication in 2002.
In the 2000s, Nader left Washington and spent most of his time in the Middle East, especially in Iraq after the 2003 Iraq invasion
Since then, Nader has volunteered with U.S. politicians to act as a "shadow diplomat" connecting them to Middle Eastern officials. 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".
In December 2019, court documents were unsealed that showed Nader had been charged in federal court with violating campaign finance laws, and falsifying records.
The prosecutors alleged that, using banking industry executive Andy Khawaja as a front to obscure the source, Nader sent over $3.5 million USD
to organizations supporting Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for President, in an attempt to cultivate ties with the candidate.
Khawaja donated $1 million USD
to the Trump inauguration.
The unsealed court documents revealed that Nader also continually reported the current status of his efforts to an unnamed foreign nation.
Child sexual abuse
Nader has been convicted of multiple crimes involving the sexual exploitation of minors. 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.
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.
Prosecutors agreed to put the case under seal "due to the extremely sensitive nature of Mr. Nader’s work in the Middle East."
In 2003, he was convicted in Prague
, Czech Republic, of sexually abusing
ten boys, for which he served one year in prison.
A spokesperson of the court told press that the crimes occurred between 1999 and 2002. In one case, at his room in the 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
In January 2018 he was questioned by FBI agents working on behalf of special counsel Robert Mueller
, and child pornography was incidentally found on one of his three cell phones as agents inspected it pursuant to a warrant.
In June 2019 he was arrested by federal agents and charged with possession of child pornography and images of bestiality
and, for a second time, transportation of child pornography, and held in jail pending trial in Virginia.
Also in 2019 he was charged with having transported a 14-year-old Czech boy from Europe for sex at his Washington-area home in February 2000.
Nader reached a plea deal with prosecutors: in January 2020, he pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and transportation of a minor, for which prosecutors recommended the minimum penalty of 10 years in prison;
in June 2020, he received that sentence.
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