Trump Regime

Report: Special Counsel Mueller’s Team is Pivoting to Middle Eastern Influences

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors have outwardly focused most of their attention on the activities of Russian intelligence and their American conspirators, but that's about to change according to The Daily Beast.

Sources familiar with the investigation say Mueller's team is about to shift their focus toward the Middle Eastern sources of influence who've secretly --- or not so secretly -- influenced American politics and, more specifically, people close to Donald Trump.

The Daily Beast reports that Mueller's team will make a series of court filings that may or may not include new indictments at some point shortly after the new year.

Various witnesses affiliated with the Trump campaign have been questioned about their conversations with deeply connected individuals from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, according to people familiar with the probe. Topics in those meetings ranged from the use of social-media manipulation to help install Trump in the White House to the overthrow of the regime in Iran.

Now, according to those same sources, the Special Counsel’s Office is ready to outline what cooperating witnesses have told them about foreigners’ plans to help Trump win the presidency. Two sources with knowledge of the probe said Mueller’s team has for months discussed the possibility of issuing new charges on this side of the investigation.

Considering who they're turning their attention toward now, at least in public, there's reason to think this part of the investigation has been ongoing for most of the year.

Mueller’s office has been investigating several meetings attended by George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman and emissary to the UAE. Nader helped arrange the now-infamous meeting between Trump associate and Blackwater founder Erik Prince and Kirill Dmitriev, the head of one of Russia’s sovereign wealth funds—and he also acted somewhat as a go-between with representatives from Gulf state governments, at least one well-connected Israeli, and the Trump team.

Although Nader has been cooperating with the Special Counsel’s Office since March, it is still unclear what evidence he has offered prosecutors during interviews.

In one August 2016 meeting, first reported by The New York Times and later confirmed by The Daily Beast, Nader told the room that the crown princes of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE were eager to help Trump win the election. Also ready to lend his services was Joel Zamel, a self-styled Mark Zuckerberg of the national-security world with deep ties to Israeli intelligence. Zamel had already been in close contact with the Trump team because one of his companies, Psy Group, had drawn up a plan to use social-media manipulation to help Trump clinch the Republican nomination. The company sent former senior campaign aide Rick Gates that proposal.

This is a very deep and complicated rabbit hole, but I believe the outcome of these covert relationships has been relatively simple.

This could be one reason why, among others, that Trump will not even publicly acknowledge that American intelligence has concluded that Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Salman or the Saudi government probably helped Trump get elected in some way we're not fully aware of yet.

From the very beginning, it has appeared that Trump's foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, was bought and paid for and, as far as we know, that could be literally true.

Trump insists we need the countries that will likely be identified by Mueller's team in some generational fight against Iran, but Trump is neither objective or perceptive enough to recognize or acknowledge that he is their asset. He belongs to them. We don't need Saudi Arabia or the UAE in a fight against Iran (a fight no one else wants) as much as they need us. They aren't our clients; we're their client. Trump has turned the United States into a client state that can be bought, whether its through raw cash or through blackmail of Trump himself and everyone close to him.

There are times when all of this sounds fantastical, but the global conspiracy to install Trump in the White House -- so he would do things like withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal or roll back sanctions on Russia -- is far more expansive than we knew it was when the Trump regime began. Even what we know today is clearly just a sliver of what Mueller's team knows.

If we pull back and look at the bigger picture, I think we can say that the Republican party and their base of voters have become so hateful toward their fellow Americans, the GOP will remain a foreign client party for the foreseeable future. We know Trump will likely be their nominee in 2020 but, even when he's gone, foreign powers will still have the benefit of an American opposition party that will remain openly hostile toward a large number of other Americans; hostile enough to enlist the aid of foreign powers.

After all, why would Republicans have so embraced Russian influence during the Obama administration and during 2016 election if not because they believe Russians are better than Democrats?

To be even more clear, why would they do that if not because they believe denying food and health care to people of color is worth sacrificing our sovereignty?

Republicans who have controlled Congress for the past two years have done absolutely nothing to hold Trump accountable because cutting social welfare is the reason they backed Trump in the first place. It's why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to identify and condemn Russian influence ahead of the 2016 election. Nothing matters to the GOP as much as white supremacy.

  • Makes me wonder if Kashoggi had evidence tying MSB directly to the election of Trump and that’s why they had him killed. After all Kashoggi had been a thorn in MSB’s side for years. Why kill him all of a sudden like that? I keep thinking there must have been a triggering event and now I’m thinking it might be that he had gained a new source or new info on Trumpov’s ties to Saudi Arabia that they did NOT want to get out. Hmmmmm

  • Draxiar

    At least on the surface Putin and MBS seemed to greet each other with an excitement of two close friends…while trump watched on. Makes me wonder if they’ve got some egg they’re waiting to hatch.

  • muselet

    This is when things get … erm … interesting, not just for Donald Trump but also for Jared Kushner. Kushner is buddies with Mohammed bin Salman and is also connected to the Right in Israel. One guess who those folks preferred as president.

    Gods, even Richard Nixon didn’t stoop this low.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Every time I see Rump 2020, I’m..flabbergasted. This is a known criminal we are talking about. No f’ing way. Also, we need to start pressuring Fox to stop supporting him..we need to ask them how they will justify all their past lies when he goes to jail..and when he does, shut them down as a giant propaganda machine. It’s time to get back to reality. I just can’t stand this hypocrisy anymore. For god’s sake, some outgoing California politician quoted the Qanon conspiracy in her going away speech..what are we coming to?