AP NEWS
Click to copy
Click to copy

Mueller report witness to remain jailed on child porn charge

June 7, 2019
FILE - This 1998 frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader, president and editor of Middle East Insight. Nadar, who worked to advance Saudi Arabia’s agenda to the Trump administration and who later provided grand jury testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller, has been arrested on charges of transporting a dozen images of child pornography and bestiality. Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia announced that George Nader, 60, was arrested Monday morning, June 3, 2019 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (C-SPAN via AP, File)
FILE - This 1998 frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader, president and editor of Middle East Insight. Nadar, who worked to advance Saudi Arabia’s agenda to the Trump administration and who later provided grand jury testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller, has been arrested on charges of transporting a dozen images of child pornography and bestiality. Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia announced that George Nader, 60, was arrested Monday morning, June 3, 2019 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (C-SPAN via AP, File)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to remain jailed while he awaits trial on a charge of transporting child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Ivan Davis said at a detention hearing Friday in Alexandria that 60-year-old Lebanese-American businessman George Nader is too dangerous to be released to the community. He cited previous a previous conviction in Virginia in 1991 on an identical charge and a conviction in the Czech Republic for sexual contact with underage boys.

Nader’s lawyers say he’s in poor health and needs medical care outside the jail.

Nader’s name shows up more than 100 times in Mueller’s recently released report. It details his efforts to serve as liaison between an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of President Donald Trump’s transition team.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.