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October 26, 2018 9:17 am

We still don’t have any clear explanation of Trump billionaire friend Tom Barrack’s role in the Trump/Russia investigation or the Trump family’s relations with the Gulf states. Barrack’s role bringing Paul Manafort into the campaign remains the big red flag but there’s a lot else as well. I am going to return to it in a lengthier Editor’s Brief. But here is an interesting article from Bloomberg Businessweeek about Barrack’s role in the campaign and how his business has struggled under Trump. Barrack drew lots of his capital from the Gulf states, particularly from the Qatari royal family. And he got caught out – in some ways by Jared Kushner – when Trump swung hard toward the Saudis (and UAE) and against Qatar.

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