George Aref Nader ( ar|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 served as an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
of the United Arab Emirates
and as 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
. In August 2016 Nader met with Donald Trump Jr
., Erik Prince
, and Joel Zamel
, an Israeli entrepreneur and specialist in social media manipulation, to offer help to the Trump team in winning the elections. There are conflicting accounts of whether the close to 2 million dollars Nader paid Zamel after Trump's victory is attributed to that or not. In December 2019, Nader was charged in U.S. federal court with violating campaign finance laws by allegedly also using over 3.5 million dollars to reach out to Hillary Clinton
's 2016 campaign for the U.S. Presidency
, through a front.
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.
[Mueller witness was convicted on child porn charge](_blank)
by Josh Gerstein, at ''Politico''; published March 16, 2018; retrieved May 21, 2018
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
Nader was born in Lebanon
and is a Christian. As a teenager, he moved to the US, not knowing any English. He went on to attend Cleveland State University
From 1981 through the 1990s, Nader was editor of ''Middle East Insight;''
[Shimon Prokupecz, Kara Scannell and Sara Murra]
'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russia probe
CNN, March 7, 2018
the magazine ceased publication in 2002.
[Zoe Szathmary, Joseph Webe]
Fox New, March 5, 2018
During the George H. W. Bush Administration
he helped to free American hostages in Lebanon
after the Iran–Contra affair
During the Clinton Administration
, Nader tried unsuccessfully to broker an Israeli–Syrian peace agreement, working with Estée Lauder
heir Ronald Lauder
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.
, 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".
[Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman and David D. Kirkpatrickbr>Mueller’s Focus on Adviser to Emirates Suggests Broader Investigation]
''New York Times'', 3-3-2018
In August 2016, Nader met with Donald Trump Jr.
at Trump Tower
offering assistance to his father's presidential campaign
[Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election]
. ''The New York Times''. 19 May 2018.
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
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.
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
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
Working with Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy
in 2017, Nader funded a conference criticizing Qatar
that was hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
. 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.
In January 2018, Nader was served a grand-jury subpoena, and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators
questioned him to elicit if the UAE had tried to influence members of President Trump's campaign.
[Mark Mazzetti, David D. Kirkpatrick, Adam Goldman] Kathryn Ruemmler
Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel.
NYT, March 6, 2018
, an Obama
-era White House counsel, was among the lawyers representing Nader.
Nader was granted immunity
for information for the investigation.
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.
Mueller witness was convicted on child porn charge
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.
*Foreign electoral intervention
*Saudi Arabia–United States relations
*United Arab Emirates–United States relations
*Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections
*Saudi Arabia lobby in the United States
*Arab lobby in the United States
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