NEW: Mueller witness George Nader charged with child pornography after FBI agents discovered highly disturbing videos on his phones. Nader had attended meetings at the WH and Trump Tower with Bannon, Kushner, Flynn, as an adviser on Middle East issues. https://t.co/cSDkJHavld
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) June 3, 2019
George Nader, indicted today on child porn charges, met with Donald Trump Jr. in Trump Tower in the summer of 2016 and told him the Saudis and UAE were committed to help his dad win the election. Let that sink in https://t.co/OdjIgr4YN9
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) June 3, 2019
… This weekend, the New York Times published a stunning report about a plan floated by a longtime emissary for the Saudis and the UAE in early August 2016, when Trump had just grabbed the GOP nomination but faced an uphill campaign against Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump Jr., aide Stephen Miller and Erik Prince, founder of the notorious mercenary outfit once know as Blackwater, listened intently as the emissary offered Team Trump millions of dollars in assistance, including a covert social-media campaign, to help Trump win that would be run by a former Israeli spy who specializes in psychological warfare, or psywar.
“The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president,” the Times reported. Some key elements — exactly who was behind the plan, and what parts, if any, were carried out — remain murky.
But like a lot of Trump scandals, the smoke from any alleged fire was clearly visible. Nader became a Trump ally who met frequently with key players like then-national security adviser (and future felon) Michael Flynn. He also, according to the Times, later made a large payment to the ex-spy Joel Zamel, as much as $2 million. After Trump was elected, Erik Prince attended a then-secret meeting in the Seychelles believed to have been brokered by UAE to cement ties with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. After Trump became president, American foreign policy has been almost unwaveringly consistent in fighting for the foreign policy goals of nations believed to have supported his 2016 election: Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE — most notably with Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal that is seriously destabilizing the Middle East. These dealings increasingly appear to have benefited the Trumps and Kushners not just politically but financially — even as they are not helpful, and even counterproductive at times, to the American people whom Trump was allegedly elected to represent.
The Times scoop on Trump’s dealings with the Saudis and UAE is the puzzle piece that finally brings the big picture into focus. As Trump’s unlikely 2016 campaign drew closer to the White House, it triggered a mad dash to sell American foreign policy to the highest bidder — and some of the world’s worst autocrats stepped up to the plate. What happened next is arguably tantamount to treason. What is beginning to take shape is the outlines of a scandal that threatens to be worse than Watergate on a massive scale, that would make Richard Nixon’s crimes truly seem like “a third-rate burglary” in comparison.
A shadowy network of computer hackers in Eastern Europe and experts in psywar techniques used illegal methods — including voter suppression aimed at African Americans — to essentially steal a U.S. presidential election decided by a mere 100,000 or so votes in a few key states. Meanwhile, the foreign countries that backed this enterprise and their billionaire allies also found myriad ways to financially support America’s new ruling junta — dangling real estate deals, hiring Trump allies, booking big parties at Trump hotels, giving millions to Trump’s inauguration that no one can now account for — in ways that have built a bonfire out of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
And here’s the worst part: The sudden trashing of long-standing American policy objectives — like the Iran deal or delaying any move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem until a true Israel-Palestinian peace deal — risks war on large scale. People could die in the name of keeping 666 Fifth Ave. and the Trump Organization afloat. Arguably, some already are…
Again, the breadth of criminality uncovered at least in part by the Mueller probe is downright sprawling. Aside from Russian espionage and WH obstruction, it brought down Manafort's criminal empire of money laundering, bank fraud and influence peddling, Michael Cohen's taxi…
— Zeddediah Springfield (@Zeddary) June 3, 2019
Not to mention a scheme to sell the post of Secretary of the Army for a $16 million bank loan. A career California identity thief. And likely contributions to ongoing cases against Julian Assange, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Skadden Arps, Maria Butina & the NRA etc etc etc.
— Zeddediah Springfield (@Zeddary) June 3, 2019
Bad timing for Fred Hiatt, though…
is it cool if we just impeach him for the crimes, then https://t.co/aoY4QKMGUr
— Albert Burneko (@AlbertBurneko) June 3, 2019