Saudi Arabia’s high and mighty exercise a lot of influence in American politics, which should suprise no one—they have a lot of money. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Late last week Middle East Eye published the bombshell contents of newly leaked emails which confirm that “the relationship between the Emiratis and the president’s [Trump’s] inner circle was cemented earlier than previously thought.” And this follows previous emails which we’ve reported on here.
The new batch of emails shed further light on UAE and Saudi efforts to penetrate the Republican platform in 2016, which the emails show “was altered to remove a call for the publication of 28 pages of allegedly incriminating documents from the 9/11 inquiry” — and attempts to prevent Trump from making any remarks that could potentially embarrass Saudi Arabia, specifically (as one email reads) “the issue of her [Hillary Clinton] taking Saudi Arabian money”.
Though the 28 pages were ultimately released in redacted form just days after the Republican platform battle, the new emails provide a deeper glimpse into how the Saudis are constantly maneuvering to keep the American public in the dark concerning their role in 9/11, as the opening lines of the 28 pages suggest: “While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government…”
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According to leaked emails obtained by Middle East Eye, an unnamed Republican Party figure orchestrated the defeat of a proposed 2016 GOP plank calling for the declassification of 28 pages on Saudi government links to the 9/11 plotters.
That individual then notified Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort of the plank’s defeat and claimed credit for providing instructions to “our political team” to kill it.
Manafort forwarded the news to Tom Barrack—Trump’s billionaire friend, surrogate and fundraiser—who notified Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States.
The behind-the-scenes communications seem to suggest that Trump campaign officials and associates, eager to strengthen their relationships with Gulf officials, supported efforts to thwart the release of the 28 pages even though candidate Trump had spoken favorably of it.