George Nader -- a secretive Middle East specialist with ties to the Trump campaign and administration, who is also cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller -- fell off the map in the early 2000s, and the Associated Press has uncovered why.
On Wednesday, an official in the Czech Republic told The Associated Press that Nader is a convicted pedophile and served time in a Prague prison around that time.
Nader was convicted by Prague’s Municipal Court of 10 cases of sexually abusing minors and sentenced to a one-year prison term in May 2003, said Marketa Puci, the court spokeswoman. She said the crimes occurred between 1999 and 2002.
Nader was convicted of “moral corruption of minors, sexual abuse and impairing morals".
In one case, Nader requested oral sex from a 14-year-old in a room at the Hilton Hotel in Prague, Puci said. After the boy refused, Nader masturbated in front of the boy and paid him 2,000 koruna — worth about $100 today, she said.
Prior to his conviction, Nader was indicted in the U.S. on charges relating to child pornography in 1985, but the charges were later dismissed.
Nader was indicted in 1985 with two counts of importing obscene material after a package delivered to his company included photos of nude boys “engaged in a variety of sexual acts,” according to court documents.
According to the AP, Nader has checked in on the Trump administration until as recently as October of 2017:
Nader’s connections with Trump confidants include Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser who co-hosted a Tuesday night event attended by the president in Beverly Hills, California.
Earlier this month, several media organizations, including the AP, obtained emails belonging to Broidy, a California-based venture capitalist and the Republican National Committee’s deputy finance chairman. They show Broidy emailing Nader with a summary of Broidy’s talks with Kushner and Trump in the White House in October 2017, touching on matters including the UAE’s bitter dispute with fellow Persian Gulf country Qatar.