United Arab Emirates lobbyist George Nader, who set up the much-criticized Trump-Russia meeting back in 2017, has reportedly been arrested and indicted on charges of child pornography possession. The previously sealed affidavit filed by the FBI in 2018 states the 12 separate videos “that appear to be visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct” were discovered on Nader’s phone during an unrelated investigation at Dulles airport in Virginia. Nader was reportedly questioned that same day by Mueller special counsel investigators.
Nader was arrested on Monday at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City, and the documents related to the case were unsealed.
This isn’t the first time Nader has been involved in sex-related crimes—in 1991, he was convicted of “transporting sexually explicit materials in foreign commerce” in Virginia, and in 2003 for sexually abusing minors in the Czech Republic. Despite the multiple charges, Nader was still allowed to have a close relationship with the Trump administration, participating in multiple White House visits and becoming involved with UAE policy discussions.
No charges against the Trump administration have been brought up in relation to involvement with Nader, although this story is still developing.