Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti published images yesterday which reveal that Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn met with Qatari businessman Ahmed Al-Rumaihi at Trump Tower in December of 2016. This is bad for Trump and his people, because Al-Rumaihi has since allegedly told an associate that he successfully bribed the Trump administration. It’s even worse because Al-Rumaihi played a key role in the Trump-Russia dossier, and this appears to confirm one of the ugliest aspects of the dossier.
No, we’re not talking about the Pee Pee Tape, though at the rate he’s going, Avenatti might end up finding that as well. Instead we’re talking about the deal to sell 19% of Russian oil giant Rosneft. Ahmed Al-Rumaihi was a key player at a company called QIA, which negotiated the Rosneft sale. The Trump Russia dossier alleges that an additional 0.5% was allotted for Trump, as a way of ensuring his status as a financial puppet of the Kremlin. Now we know that just a couple days after the Rosneft sale went through, Al-Rumaihi met with Trump’s top people at Trump Tower.
This seems extraordinarily unlikely to have been a coincidence. Are we really to believe that once the guy behind the Rosneft deal pulled it off, the first thing he did was meet with Trump’s top people, and it had nothing to do with the Rosneft sale? Are we further to believe that Al-Rumaihi went on to brag to his associate that he’d successfully bribed Trump’s people, and that the meeting still had nothing to do with Rosneft?
We’re now seriously talking about Donald Trump having received more than quarter billion dollar payoff from the Kremlin, arranged during the election, and finalized immediately after Russia succeeded in rigging the election for Trump. This would mean that the Trump-Russia scandal truly is every bit as ugly as the deepest of cynics have long believed.
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