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Seth Abramson @SethAbramson
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So...Saudi Arabia is laundering—via Syria—hundreds of millions of dollars in plain sight in order to pay off Russia for the money it spent helping you win the 2016 election, Saudi Arabia and Russia being two countries your son explicitly agreed to collude with in summer 2016. OK.
2/ Keep in mind the August 2016 collusion offer George Nader made to Don Jr. on behalf of MBS—the Saudi Crown Prince—appears to have been to bankroll a Russian disinformation scheme then being pitched to Jr. by Joel Zamel—whose boss is a Russian oligarch close to Putin and Trump.
3/ We've already seen apparent money laundering from the Saudis to the Russians to pay for the Russian campaign to elect Trump—including one payment in the amount of hundreds of millions of dollars from an MBS-linked Saudi to a Putin-linked Russian oligarch...for a fake painting.
4/ So yes, *any* time Saudi Arabia mysteriously steps up in a way that saves the Kremlin hundreds of millions—and that mysterious payment is publicly heralded by Trump—you should see the words GRAND BARGAIN flashing before your eyes like a CODE RED announcing a threat to America.
5/ On August 3, 2016, at Trump Tower, MBS (via Nader) offered Trump (via his son) any assistance he needed to become POTUS. *At the same meeting* Zamel—an agent of a Russian oligarch—offered an *expensive* disinformation campaign identical to the one the Kremlin ended up running.
6/ The *obvious* question: what was Saudi Arabia offering, if not money to bankroll the pricy disinformation scheme the Kremlin was offering *at the same meeting*? And wouldn't you know it—since August '16 we've seen multiple suspicious payments from MBS proxies to Putin proxies.
7/ If and when a book entitled THE GRAND BARGAIN is released, Americans will have a factual basis to understand why *any* suspicious, unnecessary payment the Saudis offer to make to the Russians is going to be presumed by Mueller—from the jump—to be part of a criminal conspiracy.
8/ It is only *because* we don't have a book like this—*yet*—that Donald Trump can crow on Twitter about a *suspicious, unnecessary payment* being made by One Country the Trumps Agreed to Collude With Pre-election to Another Country the Trumps Agreed to Collude With Pre-election.
9/ When Trump announced his Syria pullout, I said this was a necessary prerequisite to what *Saudi Arabia* wants: for *Russia* to pull out of Syria as part of a political solution that kicks Iranian mercs out of Syria.

And now here's MBS offering money Putin would've had to pay.
10/ The dance ongoing between the Trumps, Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, Turkey, and Egypt—with the occasional at-the-barrel-of-a-gun inclusion of Qatar—is so confusing, and has been so *ignored* by U.S. media thus far, that most of us don't know how to read this Trump tweet.
SOURCE/ One of the meetings I argued—in Newsweek—the new Democratic House majority must immediately investigate is the August 3, 2016 meeting at which the Trumps agreed to collude with Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt. It's the shibboleth here.…
PS/ A high-five isn't proof of anything—but there's no question Putin and MBS have no problem expressing their newfound love of one another publicly, now that Trump is starting to drop sanctions (see the recent Rusal announcement), Saudi Arabia is paying Russia, and so much more.
PS2/ This is how stupid Trump thinks we are: who's going to do the rebuilding with that Saudi money? Not America—we'll be gone. Not Syrian rebels. Not Iranian mercs. Not the embattled Kurds. Not Saudi contractors. No—the Russians and their puppet Assad. That's who gets the money.
PS3/ Whether Assad's people "rebuild" with the Russian military acting as security; or Assad "hires" Russian contractors to do the rebuilding; or there's no rebuilding at all and Assad just passes the money on the Kremlin—one way or another, this is money going from MBS to Putin.
PS4/ The same is true if Russia had been planning to finance the "rebuilding"; if Assad uses the money to pay soldiers to replace the work Russia's military is currently doing in Syria; or any other scheme you could name—it's all money going from Saudi Arabia into Putin's pocket.
PS5/ To paraphrase what a reader said in response to this thread: "Mexico may not pay for Trump's wall—but Saudi Arabia will definitely pay for Trump's elevation to the presidency via an expensive domestic disinformation campaign the Kremlin and Israeli intel groups coordinated."
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