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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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Inaugural address: Biden vows to be "a president for all Americans"

Moments after taking the oath of office, President Joe Biden sought to soothe a nation riven by political divisions and a global pandemic, while warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country and defeat a "virus that silently stalks the the country."

Why it matters: From the same steps that a pro-Trump mob launched an assault on Congress two weeks earlier, the new president paid deference to the endurance of American political institutions.

Updated 58 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Biden and Vice President Harris review readiness of military troops, a long-standing tradition to signify the peaceful transfer of power.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated as president and vice president respectively in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Top Democrats and Republicans gathered for the peaceful transfer of power only two weeks after an unprecedented siege on the building by Trump supporters to disrupt certification of Biden's victory. Trump did not attend Wednesday's ceremony.