Mueller investigation witness pleads guilty to child sex crime charges

George Nader, a Lebanese American businessman who served as a witness in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to sexual exploitation of children on Monday, according to The Washington Post.

Nader admitted in the Eastern District of Virginia to bringing a 14-year-old to the U.S. for sexual purposes and possession of child pornography, charges that collectively carry a maximum penalty of 30 years, according to the Post.

Eastern District of Virginia prosecutors agreed to recommend 10 years, the mandatory minimum, in the case, and agreed to recommend Nader, who is a dual citizen, be allowed to voluntarily leave the U.S. following his incarceration, according to the newspaper. His sentencing is set for April 10.


The plea also means prosecutors will not charge him for transportation for child pornography and obscene materials, nor will he face comparable charges in the Eastern District of New York, but he still faces campaign finance charges for donations to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., federal court.

Nader, who was also convicted of transporting child pornography in 1991, first came under Mueller’s radar for his part in brokering a meeting between Blackwater founder Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosSpecial counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report NEA president says Azar and DeVos should resign over school reopening guidance The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now MORE, and a high-level Russian official with ties to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinEx-Trump national security adviser says US leaders 'making it easy for Putin' to meddle The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting Putin calls on UN to strengthen World Health Organization MORE. Mueller’s team discovered child pornography on his phone while interviewing him about the meeting, according to the Post.

Nader has claimed the images were not child pornography but admitted to having received an email including violent sexual images of infants in 2012. He argued the sexual abuse, which allegedly took place in early 2000s, could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations for sex crimes was eliminated in 2006, but the court rejected this argument.