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It's clear Trump seeks to provide cover for Saudi's brutal murder of WaPo journalist Jamal #Khashoggi.

The question is, why?

As is the case with almost all of Trump's actions, the answer lies with personal self-interest, greed & corruption. /1
We can't understand the situation w/o knowing about Saudi domestic politics.

Crown Prince MBS holds de facto power; the King is senile.

The New Yorker asked, "In his work w/the WH, is MBS driving out extremism, or merely seizing power for himself?" /2…
MBS seeks to cast himself as a reformer; a modern monarch who can liberalize Saudi. The truth isn't so benign.

A source w/deep knowledge of Saudi politics told us, "His initiatives have been in the right direction, but he's ruthless & the rule of law isn't on his radar." /3
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Thanks to Stormy & @MichaelAvenatti, we now have a much greater understanding of how Trump's Michael Cohen-based #PayToPlay funnel works.

It looks a lot like Cohen was selling access & influence.

Graphics h/t @frontera_julie

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2/9 Avenatti's investigation has uncovered numerous payments to Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, from individuals & entities seeking favor from or access to President Trump. #PayToPlay #FollowTheMoney

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3/9 Viktor Vekelsberg is a Putin-connected oligarch recently questioned by #Mueller as part of the #TrumpRussia probe.

$500K transferred between Vekelsberg's US subsidiary company & Cohen raise significant questions about Putin's influence on U.S. policy.
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