Barrack indictment involves UAE national security officials…
and a high ranking Emirati diplomat
the Saudi official referred to here who Barrack told the UAE he had forced the WH to elevate for protocol purposes was then deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), shortly thereafter made Saudi crown prince
“US Person 1,” a former US govt official, who was being worked by Barrack et al to benefit UAE with Trump.
Was the Barrack/Grimes/Malik AhShahhi track competing with the Nader/Broidy track to win UAE’s confidence/money to demonstrate their ability to influence Trump Middle East policy to UAE’s specifications?
after reading previous 40 pages of indictment, this seems —gobsmackingly dumb.
one thing missing from the indictment unless i missed it was mention of UAE paying Barrack.
was struck by lines like this, re: possible competition between Barrack/AlShahhi and Nader/Broidy channels. p. 17, AlShahhi informed Barrack that UAE official #4 had confirmed that “Barrack would be the only channel to the candidate” Trump for UAE…
I think “US Person 1” in Barrack indictment (left) may be Steve Bannon, who traveled to UAE in September 2017 and met with MBZ (pics of Sept2017 NYT report), & who had recently been fired from the Trump WH, so was an ex US official……
think the “congressman” in the Barrack indictment who the UAE may have favored in 2017 as an ambassador to UAE may have been Ed Royce. (appointment did not happen, but believe his wife got job in pompeo state dept)……
UAE wanted Tillerson fired for being one of the officials telling Trump two sides to Gulf Qatar dispute and replaced by Pompeo as Sec State, which they got
working backwards from reported Bannon MBZ meeting in UAE in Sept. 2017, that would suggest that “Emirati Official 1” in Barrack indictment is Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) (which others had previously suggested)……

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