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Businessman George Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison on child sex charges, AP reports.

The big picture: Nader pleaded guilty in January to possessing child pornography and bringing a 14-year-old boy to the U.S. to engage in sexual activity. The Mueller report outlined how Nader acted as a conduit between Trump associates and Russians. He was also indicted last December on campaign finance charges for allegedly using straw donors to conceal contributions to Hillary Clinton.

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DOJ watchdog probing Roger Stone sentencing changes

Roger Stone, friend and former adviser to President Trump, leaves the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia after being sentenced in February in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Department of Justice inspector general's office has launched an internal investigation into Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the sentencing of President Trump's associate Roger Stone, the DOJ confirmed Monday night.

Why it matters: The probe centers around Barr's February decision to seek a lighter sentence after career prosecutors recommended seven to nine years in prison for Stone, who was convicted of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress, NBC News first reported.

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A Customs and Border Protection staffer told top administration officials Thursday the agency is projecting a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border in May, sources directly familiar with the discussion told Axios.

Why it matters: That projection would exceed the height of the 2019 crisis, which led to the infamous "kids-in-cages" disaster. It also underscores a rapidly escalating crisis for the Biden administration.

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The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.