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💰Tom Barrack - Saudi Nuke Deal

Emails show that Barrack, a close friend of Trump had access to high-level officials in Trump’s Commerce Dept and used this access to share materials that were part of a plan to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia
Some advocating for this plan stood to make money from it.

The correspondence shows Manafort’s partner Rick Gates was enlisted to help arrange a meeting w/ ComSec Wilbur Ross shortly after these materials were shared, & the meeting was a priority for Ross
The House Oversight committee released a report detailing concerns about efforts w/in the WH to provide nuclear tech to Saudi in  2017. Those involved in advocating for the plan–from both inside and outside the govt–apparently stood to make money from it.
Around the time Barrack & others contacted the White House about the Middle East, Barrack was “seeking investment ideas based on the administration’s Middle East policy,” including considering buying part of a bankrupt company that makes nuclear reactors.
Another was Flynn, who served as an advisor to a subsidiary of a private nuclear energy company called IP3 International. Early in Trump’s presidency IP3 drafted and sent to NSC officials plans to share sensitive nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia.
🔑One of the documents that IP3 officials sent to the NSC was a white paper authored by Tom Barrack entitled “The Trump Middle East Marshall Plan.”
📌The email was titled "TRUMP/PUTIN ME Marshall plan CONCEPT."

The title, evoking the post-WWII plan to rebuild W European economies, reflected the hopes of the plan's backers that Trump & Putin could cooperate on a project that would boost ME economies.
💰Records show that this same document was sent to Commerce officials in March 2017. Shortly after it was sent, a meeting was arranged between Barrack and Wilber Ross by now-convicted felon Rick Gates, working on behalf of Barrack
On March 13, 2017 Gates wrote to Eric Branstad, a liason to the White House in the Department of Commerce, “Here is the white paper that I believe Tom sent to Wilbur. We can discuss during our meeting today.”
Attached was the five page “Marshall Plan” document. The records show that less than a week later, Gates followed up with Branstad to arrange a meeting between Barrack and Secretary Ross.
🔑Gates, Branstad, and Barrack all worked together on President Trump’s inauguration.

📌Trump Inauguration

👉🏼Part Three - Under investigation👈🏼

Barrack’s white paper called for the President to “appoint a special representative for the Trump Middle East Marshall Plan.” According to the House Oversight committee’s whistleblower report, the plan was for this person to be Barrack himself.
🔑In January 2017, IP3 sent documents to Flynn that included “a draft Cabinet Memo stating that the President had appointed Mr. Barrack as a special representative to implement” IP3’s nuclear plan for the Middle East,
📌Calling for the development of “dozens of nuclear power plants.” In a January 28, 2017 email, an IP3 official wrote to Michael Flynn.

“Tom Barrack has been thoroughly briefed on this strategy and wants to run it…. He’s perfect for the job.”
📌Though Barrack’s white paper does not mention IP3, it calls for “empower[ing]” the “industrial might of the USA’s private sector” including in the area of “[p]ower generation and distribution.”

🔑These messages show that Barrack’s efforts to influence Middle East policy early in the Trump administration were greater in scope than previously known. He targeted the Commerce Dept, in addition to the NSC, and he was offered access to the secretary.
💰Ukraine, Manafort, Flynn & The Nuke Deal aka Trump Marshall Plan

Barrack, Flynn & IP3 Team & Saudi
🔑Broidy’s Circinus has received the Commerce Department’s endorsement to provide defense work to the Romanian government, with which it entered into a “cooperation agreement.” #Romania

Since these messages were exchanged, investigations into Trump’s campaign, inauguration, and administration have ensnared Gates, Barrack, and Broidy.

The emails provide a snapshot of an early adm providing access to the well-connected. #Pay2Play
Since the fall of 2016, Flynn & Barrack have built an underground coalition along with academics, technology experts and well-connected politicos, including some lobbyists, to get the president and his adm to suppor & promote an US nuclear energy comeback.
The comeback, as the coalition saw it, would come via Saudi Arabia and would rely on using President Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s cozy relationship with the country’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
📌Riyadh had launched its Vision 2030—a project to decrease the country’s reliance on oil by building up its other economic sectors, including nuclear—and it was looking for tenders to build its first reactors.
With that, the US nuclear execs saw a way back & deployed a force to secretly convince the WH & Capitol Hill to consider a nuclear deal with Saudi & to soften its stance on requiring Riyadh sign on to the strictest of nuclear safeguards. 
📌The coalition leaned on Trump officials to help them push forward its case, including Flynn and Trump adviser Tom Barrack.

🔑Barrack is now under investigation in New York for his lobbying work.
The NYT reported that investigators have asked Barrack about his work related to the Saudi nuclear deal.
⚠️The coalition’s campaign is still being carried out, predominantly behind closed doors.
“We know that by investing in innovative solutions... like our nuclear power, exporting those technologies to other countries... being able to share our technologies around the world… that's what this President is all about,” Perry said.🙄

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“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistle-blowers & exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear tech to Saudi Arabia,” Rep E. Cummings
Saudi Nuke Deal - HOC Report

July 2019
Corporate and Foreign Interests Behind White House Push to Transfer U.S. Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia

Prepared for Chairman Elijah E. Cummings

Second Interim Staff Report Committee on Oversight and Reform U.S. House of Representatives
July 2019

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