Hi Donald junior!
It wasn't JUST Russia
Or JUST #CambridgeAnalytica

You guys were so lame, you needed them AND two wealthy Arab princes who said they were eager to help your father "win" the election.

Who else?
mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/19/us/…
Aug 3, 2016
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
▪Erik Prince
The meeting was arranged by ERIK PRINCE primarily to offer help to the Trump team.

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.
Nader told DonaldJr the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia & UAE were eager to help them win

OH.

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.
Zamel's company employed several
***Israeli former intelligence officers*** specialized in collecting information and shaping opinion through social media.

O
M
F
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Trump Jr. responded approvingly, according to a person w knowledge of the meeting, and after those initial offers of help, Nader was considered a close ally by Trump campaign advisers —
*meeting frequently w/Kushner & Flynn*
At the time, Nader was also promoting a secret plan to use private contractors to destabilize Iran, the regional nemesis of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.
After Trump was "elected"
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"
This is the first indication that countries other than Russia may have offered assistance to the Trump campaign in the months before election. These interactions are a focus of the investigation by Mueller.

Reminder
Nader is cooperating with the inquiry.
Investigators have questioned numerous witnesses in DC, NY, Atlanta, Tel Aviv & elsewhere about
▪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 illegal for foreign govts or individuals to be involved in US elections.

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.
Jr's atty
“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.” 😒
Besides his interest in Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, Mueller has also been asking witnesses about meetings between White House advisers and representatives of Qatar, Saudi Arabia’s bitter rival.
A lawyer for Zamel denied that he had carried out any campaign on Trump’s behalf. “Neither Joel Zamel, nor any of his related entities, had any involvement whatsoever in the U.S. election campaign,” said the lawyer, Marc L. Mukasey.

Mukasey... (hi Rudy)
cnn.com/cnn/2018/05/02…
“The D.O.J. clarified from Day 1 that Joel and his companies have never been a target of the investigation. My client provided full cooperation to the government to assist with their investigation,” he said.
NADER'S atty
“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...
Prince, through a spokesman, declined to comment.

White House did not respond to a request for comment
Leaders & news outlets in Saudi Arabia & UAE criticized Obama/Clinton.

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
When Trump got gop nomination in early 2016, Nader began making inquiries on behalf of the Emirati prince about possible ways to directly support Trump, according to three people with whom Nader discussed his efforts.
Nader also visited Moscow at least 2x during campaign as a confidential emissary from Crown Prince Mohammed of Abu Dhabi, according to people familiar with his travels.

After election, he worked w the crown prince to arrange Seychelles mtg w Prince & financier close to Poot
Zamel connected co's also have ties to Russia.

One Zamel firm previously worked for oligarchs linked to Poot, including
*Deripaska & Rybolovlev*
who hired the firm for online campaigns against their business rivals.
Nader’s visits to Russia and Zamel’s companies work for the Russians have both been a subject of interest to the special counsel’s investigators, according to people familiar with witness interviews.
Hi Stephen Miller!
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.
Prince opened the meeting by telling DonaldJr. that “we are working hard for your father,” in reference to his family and other donors, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

He then introduced Mr. Nader as an old friend with deep ties to Arab leaders.
Nader repeatedly referred to the crown princes of Saudi Arabia & the Emirates as “my friends,” according to one person w knowledge of the conversation.

He would open his phone to show off pictures of him posing with them, some of which The New York Times obtained.
Nader told DonJr. the two crown princes saw Trump as a strong leader who would fill the power vacuum that they believed Obama left in the Middle East

Nader & his friends would be glad to support Trump as much as they could, according to the person w knowledge of the mtg
Zamel laid out the capabilities of his company, although it is unclear if he used the proposals his company had made. One person familiar with the meeting said Nader invited DonJr. to meet w a Saudi prince — an invitation he declined. After 30m, everyone exchanged business cards.
Zamel's co Psy-group was working on a proposal for a covert multimillion-dollar online manipulation campaign to elect Trump, according to 3 people involved/ a 4th briefed.

It involved using
*1000s of fake social media accounts to promote Trump’s candidacy on platforms like FB*
There were concerns inside Psy-Group, about the legality, according to 1 person familiar w effort.

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.
Ooopsie
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.
In the hectic final weeks of the campaign and during transition, several of Trump’s advisers drew Nader close. He met often with Kushner, Flynn and Bannon, who took over as campaign chairman after Manafort resigned amid revelations about his work in Ukraine
Dec2016
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.
After the inauguration, Zamel & Nader visited WH, meeting w Kushner & Bannon.

Nader was promoting a plan to use private contractors to carry out economic sabotage against Iran.
The plan included efforts to deter Western companies from investing in Iran, and operations to sow mistrust among Iranian officials. Nader advocated the project, which he estimated would cost about $300 million, to American, Emirati and Saudi officials.
Spring 2017
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.
Nader was also in discussions w Prince about a plan to get Saudis to pay $2B to set up a private army to combat Iranian proxy forces in Yemen.

▪Trump allied w Saudi & UAE
▪1st overseas trip was Riyadh
▪Backed Saudi/Emirati efforts to isolate Qatar
▪withdrew from Iran deal
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