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Mueller witness with ties to Trump transition charged with child pornography

George Nader
George Nader. Image via CSPAN

Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, who operated as a link between members of President Trump's orbit and Russian and Middle East officials in 2016 and 2017, has been charged on child pornography charges, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Nader was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and is known to have set up a now-infamous meeting in the Seychelles between Trump associate Erik Prince and a Russian official with close ties to the Kremlin. He has presented himself as close to the powerful crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed, and was convicted of transporting child porn 28 years ago.

Read Erik Prince's criminal referral to the Justice Department

House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff has released a criminal referral sent to the Justice Department for informal Trump campaign adviser Erik Prince, who Schiff believes "willfully misled" the committee during his testimony in November 2017.

Details: Schiff's letter to Attorney General Bill Barr outlines 6 instances in which he claims evidence Prince provided to special counsel Robert Mueller "differs materially" from statements he made during his testimony — especially with respect to his characterization of a 2017 meeting in the Seychelles with the CEO of Russia's sovereign wealth fund, who is believed to have been representing Vladimir Putin.