It’s funny how things work out. When I left the house this afternoon with Teri to drop a couple of bucks at Barleys, and do some shopping, the thing I was most wondering about was would I come home to find that William Barr, who at that moment was at the White House, after pulling the pin on Trump’s delusional vote fraud fantasies, still had a job or not. And instead, I’m presented with a newly released, heavily redacted US federal court document alleging that the Department of Justice was investigating a possible bribe for pardon scandal in the White House, going at least as far up as the White House Counsel’s office.
WTF?!? Can’t I leave these people alone for even a lousy couple of hours without everything going to hell in a handbasket? My mind went into hyperdrive in about .02 seconds, simply because the few clues that were allowed to leak out were so enticing. There were tantalizing hints, but when I looked at the data, something didn’t add up. But what I was looking at started gnawing at my feeble memory.
Here are the basic facts, One can tell that the name that is redacted is quite short, most likely 5-6 letters. At least for the Trump cabal, the scheme was fairly intricate, with the outreach going at least as high as the White House Counsel’s office, with the ultimate goal of having it reach the desk of the President. The alleged protagonist of the scheme of the pardon was already in the control of the Bureau of Prisons. But the most important part of the released document, at least to me, was that it was dated in August of 2020.
Wow. A protagonist’s name that was 4-5 letters long. That started the rumor machine rolling in a heartbeat. Of course, the first name to come to mind was that of Michael Flynn, a name five letters long. Another that was immediately mentioned was that of Roger Stone, again a last name 5 letters long. Former Trump campaign aide, and campaign manager Paul Manafort acolyte Rick Gates was also mentioned.
But there’s one simple problem there. While all of them have names that are short enough to have been covered by the redactions in the document the judge released, they all share a similar failing when it comes to being the guilty party. At the time of the hearing which produced the document that Chief Judge Beryl Howell released in a redacted form today, which was held in August of 2020, none of these miscreants were in the clutches of the Bureau of Prisons!
That was what got my juices going, and also got my rattletrap brain going. The document stated that the bribe offered was a substantial political donation, from someone who had donated to the campaign before, in return for a pardon. There was one particular felon who kept nagging at me, but I couldn’t manage to remember the name. So I started searching my besotted brain, as well as making use of Google, and I was finally able to drag out what had been nagging at me from the moment I first heard the allegations when I got home.
And then I finally got it, the name I had been trying so desperately to dredge out. George Nader. A long time Trump associate and supporter, and yes, a campaign donor, convicted and jailed in Europe for child pornography charges, and nabbed by the FBI upon arrival on the East coast earlier last year, His electronics were confiscated and mined, and he was jailed for child pornography charges in this country. Nader alone, among Trump’s work bench of misfit toys, is in the clutches of the Bureau of Prisons of the United States.
There is much left to play out in this story. But now that the national media has their teeth in it, there is no doubt that play out it will. I may well be far off base here, but when I look at the available details, there is nobody else I can find that fits all of the boxes. Nader is loaded, a conservative power player, a Trump donor, and in the federal prison system. It will be interesting to see what happens as we go forward, but I just wanted to get this calculation out there.
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