My new Slate piece: I connect the dots between the Kushner scandals this week and the Steele Dossier’s details of quid pro quo. Qatar may be the middleman between Putin and Trump, through Qatar’s purchase of Rosneft from Russia, and a Qatar-backed firm delivering a massive loan to Kushner. In between, Kushner manipulated a Gulf State crisis, allegedly to coerce the loan completion at the risk of a regional armed conflict. Details here:
Executive summary: “Russia’s sale of Rosneft Gas is the key event in the Steele Dossier’s quid pro quo allegation. June 2016: Russians offer Trumpers (through Carter Page) a massive payout in return for lifting sanctions. Qatari firm acquires Rosneft from Russia [Dec ‘16]. Kushner seeks money directly from Qatar. But Qatar does not deliver to Kushner. Kushner creates a crisis vs. Qatar w/ risk of war. Then the Qatar-backed Apollo Group delivers $184 million to Kushner.
A colleague pointed out that the 19.5% in both the dossier’s Russia/Carter Page deal and the Qatar Dec.9 deal makes sense, because there is probably a 20% legal threshold rule for reporting financing and investors. These deals are under that 20% threshold because the dealmakers seem to be unusually focused on secrecy and evading regulators and prosecutors.