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The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

In a yearlong pursuit of money and influence, Elliot Broidy & George Nader played Middle East countries against each other, as they leveraged connections stretching from Persian Gulf palaces to the Oval Office into millions of dollars in contracts.
Nader & Broidy pushed the interests of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
As they angled for lucrative contracts, Broidy & Nader passed messages purportedly from princes of the two Gulf countries to TRUMP.
The Associated Press reviewed hundreds of pages of correspondence between Broidy and Nader and conducted dozens of interviews with the people involved.

Nader’s lawyer declined comment.
Broidy denied any wrongdoing.

Stay tuned.
After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for DT thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business.
To do that, Broidy had helped spearhead a secret campaign to influence the White House and Congress, flooding Washington with political donations.

Broidy and his business partner, George Nader, pitched themselves to the crown princes as a backchannel to the White House, passing the princes' praise — and messaging — straight to the president's ears.

Another friggin backchannel
Now, in December 2017, Broidy was ready to be rewarded for all his hard work.

It was time to cash in.
In return for pushing anti-Qatar policies at the highest levels of US govt, Broidy & Nader expected huge consulting contracts from SA & UAE, according to an AP investigation based on interviews w 2dozen+ ppl & 100s of leaked emails, incl work summaries & contracting docs
A new cache of emails obtained by the AP reveals an ambitious, secretive lobbying effort to isolate Qatar and undermine the Pentagon's longstanding relationship with the Gulf country
AP conducted an exhaustive review of the emails and documents, checking their content with dozens of sources, and determined that they tracked closely with real events, including efforts to cultivate the princes and lobby Congress and the White House.
The new cache of docs/emails also reveals
a previously unreported meeting with Trump and provides the most detailed account yet of the work of two Washington insiders who have been entangled in the turmoil surrounding the two criminal investigations closest to Trump.
Neither Broidy nor Nader registered with FARA.

Violating the federal law carries a maximum $10,000 fine or up to five years in prison.
Broidy has maintained he was not required to register because his anti-Qatar campaign was not directed by a foreign client and came entirely at his own initiative. But documents show the lobbying was intertwined with the pursuit of contracts from day one...
Broidy's lobbying involved specific political tasks carried out for the crown princes — whose countries are listed as the "clients" for the lobbying campaign in a spreadsheet from Broidy's company, Circinus LLC.
Summaries written by Broidy of two meetings he had with Trump — one of which has not been disclosed before — report that he was passing messages to the president from the two princes and that he told Trump he was seeking business with them.

By Dec 2017 Nader & Broidy were flying high on the success in their campaign to create an anti-Qatar drumbeat in Washington.
Saudi Arabia was finding a new ascendancy following Trump's election.

Broidy sought to claim credit for it, emails show, and was keen to collect the first installment of $36 million for an intelligence-gathering contract with the UAE...oh.
Then came Mueller.
It was Nader's connection to MBZ and Erik Prince that eventually caught the attention of Mueller.

Mueller's team was interested in two meetings that took place before Donald Trump's inauguration.
First in the Seychelles and the other meeting was at Trump Tower in New York.

Nader and MBZ were at both.
Just weeks after those meetings, Broidy and Nader met for the first time, during Trump's inauguration.

The two men were soon working out their budding partnership. Nader sent Broidy his private email address on the encrypted ProtonMail service.
Two-track mission:
Carry out a campaign against Qatar to curry favor w the princes

turn that success into millions of dollars in defense deals, documents show.

They barely knew each other. But Broidy had the ear of trump. Nader claimed he had the crown princes'.
On Feb. 7, 2017, Broidy wrote to a staffer for the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee about a bill aimed at sanctioning Qatar for alleged support of terrorist groups— part of what Nader called "hammering Qatar," emails show.
Feb 8 2017
Broidy forwarded Nader questions about a potential contract with Saudi Arabia to train Arab troops to fight in the escalating war in Yemen.
Broidy and Nader proposed multiple plans to the princes for more than $1 billion of work.

1. help create an all-Muslim fighting force of 5,000 troops.

2. helping the UAE gather intel

3. Strengthen Saudi maritime and border security

4 setting up counterterrorism centers in SA
In a note to Broidy, Nader said the princes were very happy with the proposed contracts, particularly the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
But first, emails show, they had to focus on the lobbying campaign.

Proposed budget:
$12 million+ to "expose and penalize" Qatar and get the US to pressure it to "aid in coercive action against Iran," according to a March 2017 document.
The gist of their plan was to show evidence that Qatar was too close to Iran and supported Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Iran is Saudi's main regional rival and on the other side of the war in Yemen.
June 2017
Ideally, Broidy and Nader would work to persuade the U.S. govt to sanction Qatar and move a key military base from Qatar to another location in the Gulf.

Broidy said he had a direct line to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
"Mnuchin is a close friend of mine (my wife and I are attending Sec. Mnuchin's wedding in D.C. on June 24th)," Broidy wrote to Nader. "I can help in educating Mnuchin on the importance of the Treasury Dept putting many Qatari individuals, orgs on the applicable sanctions lists."
Despite the challenges of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, the partners' timing was good. Trump and many other Republicans in Washington viewed Saudi Arabia as a counterweight against Iran.
This is extremely positive," Broidy wrote. He claimed he had "shifted" Ed Royce from being critical of Saudi Arabia to "being critical of Qatar." The AP reported in March that Broidy gave nearly $600,000 to GOP candidates and causes since the beginning of 2017. Royce got the max
Broidy also bragged that he had "caused" Royce to praise a senior Saudi general, Ahmed Hassan Mohammad Assiri, memorialized in the Congress Rec. Nader was thrilled: A US rep publicly flattered a Saudi official, who docs show was helping evaluate Broidy/Nader's contract proposals.
"He was very positive overall," Nader wrote.

At the end of March, Nader wrote that he'd had "a terrific, magnificent meeting" with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Prospects for the billion-dollar contracts were good.
The money for the lobbying was another matter
At Nader's request, $2.5m was funneled in 2 installments from his co in the UAE through a Canadian company called Xiemen Investments Ltd, which someone familiar with the transaction said was run by one of Broidy's friends.

$ was then routed to a Broidy account in Los Angeles.
The transaction had the effect of obfuscating that the money for the political work in Washington had come from Nader in the UAE

Tsk tsk tsk
At that point, Broidy might have realized the dangers of not registering as a foreign agent — it was all over the news.

But Broidy was undeterred bc he's a greedy (and stupid) mofo.

Nader cheered on his anti-Qatar exploits and told him to "keep hammering the bastards."
Armed with fresh cash, Brpidy persuaded an American think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, to stage an anti-Qatar conference.

He wrote Nader:
his plan included the commission of 200 articles assigned to the fdn &other think tanks
Mark Dubowitz, the foundation's CEO, later said that Broidy assured him the funding was not coming from a foreign government and that he had no contracts in the Gulf.

Do you people not research who you work with?
April 21, 2017
Broidy sent Nader the draft of an Op-Ed marked "Confidential."

April 24
"The Two Faces of Qatar, a Dubious Mideast Ally" was published in WSJ😒
The opinion piece, co-written by retired Air Force Gen. Charles Wald, who had been the deputy head of U.S. European Command, called for moving U.S. military assets from the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar. "The United Arab Emirates would be a logical destination," wrote Wald.
What readers didnt know was
Wald was in co docs as a member of Broidy's Circinus team pitching contracts in SA.

Asked why he had not made his conflict clear, he insisted he was a covfefe boy & wouldn't recognize Broidy if he showed up😉

"I was not part of the team, period"
A person familiar, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Wald consulted w Broidy, but could not join a trip to pitch the contract in Saudi Arabia...
because of a scheduling conflict🤣

Broidy's leaked emails refer to Wald's involvement almost 🚨four dozen times.
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies conf was set for May 23 at the Fairmont Hotel in DC.

Circinus progress report from Broidy to Nader:
SA&UAE are listed as clients
Maj. Gen. Assiri as consultant
Broidy/Nader are "leader/liaison"
The conference also set off a flurry of more anti-Qatar stories in msm, which Broidy catalogued for the crown princes.

The partners were jubilant when Trump made his first foreign trip not to his allies in Europe, but to Saudi Arabia.

Two weeks later, early June
UAE, Saudi Arabia and regional allies launched a travel and trade embargo against Qatar.

It was hard to tell whose side the U.S. government was on.

He's on the side where the $ is.
One day after the UAE/SA began blockade, Trump sent tweets signaling support for UAE/SA, embracing an anti-Qatar stance.
June 16, the Trump admin completed a $12 billion sale of F-15 fighter jets to Qatar that had been approved earlier by Congress.

It was at odds w his rhetoric on Qatar, but it paled in comparison with the $110 billion in arms deals with Saudi Arabia he previously announced.
Late Sept
Broidy arranged for the most coveted meeting: w Spanky in the Oval Office.

Nader wrote Broidy a script
▪Sell idea for a Muslim fighting force
▪Keep DT from intervening on Qatar
▪Arrange a discreet meeting between Trump & crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
The princes "are counting on you to relate it blunt and straight," Nader wrote.

Nader told Broidy the meeting w Trump was potentially historic & to
🚨"take advantage of this priceless asset."

Nader asked Broidy to tell DT about his connex w crown princes, using code names
"Appreciate how you would make sure to bring up my role to Chairman," Nader emailed. "How I work closely w Two Big Friends."

After 10/6 mtg, Broidy told Nader he passed along msgs & urged DT to stay out of dispute w Qatar + he explained Circinus' plan for Muslim fighting force
"President Trump was extremely enthusiastic," he wrote. Broidy said Trump asked what the next step would be and that he told the president he should meet with the crown prince from the UAE, adding, "President Trump agreed that a meeting with MBZ was a good idea."

Despite that successful readout, Nader wanted more: a photo of himself with the president — a big request for a convicted pedophile.

Birds of a feather...
Broidy was co-hosting a fundraiser for Trump & RNC in Dallas on Oct. 25. The Secret Service had said Nader wouldn't be allowed to meet Trump.

It was not clear if the objections were related to his convictions for sexually abusing children.
Broidy asked Kelly to intervene on behalf of his friend, "George Vader" — a misnomer that appears elsewhere in the emails.

"One of my co's does deep vetting for the US govt," he wrote. "We ran all databases including FBI &Interpol & found no issues with regard to Mr. Vader."
RNC officials had decreed there would be no photos with DT without payment. Broidy suggested that Nader meet the suggested threshold with a donation between $100,000 and $250,000.
FEC docs show no donations from either George Nader or "Vader," but on Nov. 30, Broidy gave $189k to the RNC — more than he had given to the RNC in over 20y of Republican fundraising.

The result: a picture of Nader and Trump grinning in front of the American flag.

was time for Broidy to visit the UAE to nail down 1st contract. He and Nader had already discussed sharing profits & begun setting up a UAE subsidiary of Circinus, Broidy's co

Late Nov, Broidy planned a visit to complete contracts in UAE, where MBZ was hosting a Formula One race
Too public
"I think my friend not very wise for you to be seeing (sic) at this event," Nader wrote to Broidy. "Many journalists and people from Russia and other countries will be around."

Ok...why would Russia care?🤔
Broidy met DT again
He told Nader he'd told DT the crown princes were "most favorably impressed by his leadership" & offered the princes' help in the ME peace plan being dev'd by Kushner. He didnt tell DT Nader had complete contempt for the plan — & for Jared
"You have to hear in private my Brother what Principals think of 'Clown prince's' efforts and his plan!" Nader wrote.

"Nobody would even waste cup of coffee on him if it wasn't for who he is married to."
Days after Broidy's meeting with Trump, the UAE awarded Broidy the intel contract for up to $600 million over 5yrs, according to a leaked email.

The Muslim fighting force contract would be even larger, potentially bringing their entire Gulf enterprise to more than $1 billion.
Jan 2018
Broidy was prepping for a 3rd meeting w Trump, at Mar-a-Lamo

Nader was supposed to go, but the initial pmt for the intel contract was late.

He delayed his trip to the US for a day to make sure it was wired.
Jan. 17
Broidy reported that he got first installment — $36 million.

"Terrific!" Nader wrote before his flight. "First among many to go!"

Hours after money transfer, Nader & Broidy discovered, despite all their precautions, they had not escaped notice.
When Nader landed at Dulles Airport, a team of FBI agents for Mueller was there to meet him.

He was "relieved of his electronic devices"🤣🤣🤣 and later agreed to cooperate. It is unclear why Nader was detained, though he was in the Seychelles w Prince...
We don't know if Mueller is interested in the lobbying, but Nader's detention kicked off a spiral of misfortune for them

Feb 2018
news orgs began receiving anonymously leaked batches of Broidy's emails & docs that had apparently been hacked.

Broidy sued Qatar and its lobbyists, alleging in a lawsuit filed in March that the hack was a smear campaign.
Qatar responded that it was Broidy who had engaged in a propaganda campaign.

April 9, another blow.

The FBI raided Michael Cohen, seeking information on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels
Broidy, it turned out, was also a Cohen client. He'd had an affair w Playboy bunny Shera Bechard, who got pregnant and later had an abortion. Broidy agreed to pay her $1.6 million to help her out, so long as she never spoke about it.

I still believe Broidy was covering for Trump
In the end, Nader and Broidy's anti-Qatar operation lost its momentum. There has been no traction on the effort to get the base in Qatar moved to UAE

late April, Pompeo called for an end to the bickering among Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar during a trip to the Gulf.
Last week, Saudi Arabia distanced itself from Nader and Broidy. A senior official said Crown Prince bin Salman ordered an end to "engagement with these people."

But Broidy's huge contract with the UAE?

It's good to go.
Link to key docs
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