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George Nader in 1999. Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP/Getty Images

George Nader, a key witness in the Mueller investigation with ties to President Trump, is among eight people indicted on campaign finance charges related to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and others, per unsealed documents, CNN reported Wednesday.

Details: The Department of Justice said in a statement Tuesday that Nader, 60, is, among other things, accused of conspiring with co-accused Allied Wallet CEO Ahmad "Andy" Khawaja "to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in campaign contributions, directed to political committees associated with" a 2016 presidential candidate.

Between the lines: The DOJ doesn't name the candidate, but Politico and CNN note that it's clear from Federal Election Commission records and indictment details that the money primarily went toward backing Clinton's 2016 campaign efforts.

  • NBC reported later Wednesday "the timing of the events and fundraisers matches Clinton campaign events."
  • There's no suggestion of wrongdoing on Clinton's part.

The big picture: Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman and lobbyist, had served as a go-between for Trump's transition team and Russian and Middle East officials in 2016 and 2017.

  • Axios' Zach Basu notes Nader was a key witness in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and is known to have set up a meeting in the Seychelles between Trump associate Erik Prince and a Russian official with close ties to the Kremlin.
  • Nader also faces charges in a separate case including sex trafficking and child pornography, to which he pled not guilty. He "pleaded guilty to other federal child pornography charges in 1991," per Politico.

Read the indictment:

Go deeper: Read more about Nader in a searchable version of the Mueller report.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

Inside Biden's Taiwan flubs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Twice this year, President Biden has blurted out commitments that the U.S. is prepared to defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion — forcing the White House to walk back his statements and leading to confusion over a high-stakes national security policy.

Why it matters: U.S. defense officials have publicly aired their concerns that China will take Taiwan by force in the next four to six years, perhaps sooner. The president's position on this question may soon have real-world, life and death consequences.