2 mos after the 6/9 TT mtg
DonaldJr met with
▪Joel Zamel, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation
▪George Nader, an emissary for 2 wealthy Arab princes
Relationships between the men & Trump insiders developed from it, past the election and well into Trump’s first year in office, according to several people w knowledge of their encounters.
Social media specialist, Zamel said his co could give an edge to campaign; & had multimillion-$ proposal ready for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Trump.
***Israeli former intelligence officers*** specialized in collecting information and shaping opinion through social media.
*meeting frequently w/Kushner & Flynn*
Nader paid Zamel 'up to $2mil' as described by one associate
There are conflicting accounts of reason, but a co linked to Zamel gave Nader an elaborate presentation about the *significance of social media campaigning to Trump’s "victory"
Nader is cooperating with the inquiry.
▪what foreign help may have been pledged or accepted
▪whether any such assistance was coordinated w Russia
...according to witnesses and others with knowledge of the interviews.
It is unclear what — if any — direct assistance Saudi Arabia & UAE gave.
2 ppl familiar w meetings said Trump campaign officials did not appear bothered by the idea of cooperation with foreigners.
“prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nader and another individual who may be Joel Zamel. They pitched Mr. Trump Jr. on a social media platform or marketing strategy. He was not interested & that was the end of it.” 😒
Mukasey... (hi Rudy)
“Mr. Nader has fully cooperated w the special counsel’s investigation & will continue to do so.”
A senior official in Saudi Arabia said it had never employed Mr. Nader in any capacity or authorized him to speak for the crown prince.
bc they've all been so honest...
White House did not respond to a request for comment
Nader worked for years as a close adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed of Abu Dhabi
Zamel worked for the Emirati royal court as a consultant
After election, he worked w the crown prince to arrange Seychelles mtg w Prince & financier close to Poot
One Zamel firm previously worked for oligarchs linked to Poot, including
*Deripaska & Rybolovlev*
who hired the firm for online campaigns against their business rivals.
Zamel & Nader were together at a Midtown Manhattan hotel at about 4pm
on Aug. 3 when Nader got a call from Prince summoning them to TT.
When they arrived, Stephen Miller was in Donald Trump Jr.’s office as well, according to the people familiar w the meeting.
He then introduced Mr. Nader as an old friend with deep ties to Arab leaders.
He would open his phone to show off pictures of him posing with them, some of which The New York Times obtained.
Nader & his friends would be glad to support Trump as much as they could, according to the person w knowledge of the mtg
It involved using
*1000s of fake social media accounts to promote Trump’s candidacy on platforms like FB*
The company, whose motto is “shape reality,” consulted an American law firm, and was told that it would be illegal if any non-Americans were involved in the effort.
Zamel, founder of Psy-Group + an owner, have been questioned by SC investigators & at least 2 FBI agents on the inquiry went to Israel to interview employees.
SC worked w Israeli police to seize computers of one of Zamel’s companies, which is currently in liquidation.
Nader turned again to another company linked to Zamel — WhiteKnight, based in the Philippines — to purchase a presentation demonstrating the impact of social media campaigns on Trump’s electoral victory. Asked about the purchase, a WhiteKnight rep wldn' t give info.
Nader was promoting a plan to use private contractors to carry out economic sabotage against Iran.
Nader traveled to Riyadh & met senior Saudi mil & intel officials to pitch his Iran sabotage plan. He thought economic warfare was how to overthrow govt in Tehran. He wanted Kushner to endorse it to Crown Prince Mohammed in person, it was unclear if msg was delivered.
▪Trump allied w Saudi & UAE
▪1st overseas trip was Riyadh
▪Backed Saudi/Emirati efforts to isolate Qatar
▪withdrew from Iran deal