Details emerge of Qatari investor’s hawkish peddling in the US

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A Qatari investor referenced in a series of tweets from Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti this week confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that he did attend meetings at Trump Tower in December 2016.

"Mr. Al-Rumaihi was at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016. He was there in his then role as head of Qatar Investments, an internal division of QIA, to accompany the Qatari delegation that was meeting with Trump transition officials on that date," said a spokesperson for Sport Trinity, a company that Al-Rumaihi co-owns.

"He did not participate in any meetings with Michael Flynn, and his involvement in the meetings on that date was limited."

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, had tweeted on Monday what he said was evidence of a Al-Rumaihi's meeting with advisors to Donald Trump in December 2016, days before Trump took office.

The pictures – taken from C-SPAN’s Trump Tower camera – allege to show Al-Rumaihi—the head of a $100 billion Qatari investment fund— meeting with former Trump fixer Michael Cohen and former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Photographs show that he was part of a group greeted by Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, who went up in an elevator with them. said that the group also included Qatar's foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

Last week revealed that Al-Rumaihi was accused in court documents of boasting about bribing Trump former aide Michael Flynn, and attempting to bribe Trump's former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Earlier this month, Al-Rumaihi was at the center of claims that he was involved in a bribery scandal - strangely involving rapper and actor Ice Cube.

Ice Cube and his business partner Jeff Kwatinetz filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit that includes an allegation that Al-Rumaihi and other Qatari officials attempted use an investment in the men’s BIG3 basketball league to gain access to Trump administration officials.

In a sworn declaration, Kwatinetz said: “I immediately let Mr. Al-Rumaihi know I was offended by this request, that I was trying to run a basketball league and need our money paid, and I stated that neither I nor Steve Bannon would ever take, or even entertain the concept, of a bribe of any kind … Mr. Al-Rumaihi laughed and then stated to me that I shouldn’t be naive, that so many Washington politicians take our money, and stated ‘do you think Flynn turned down our money?’”

After Flynn was fired by Trump, he admitted he was paid to represent that country’s interests during the Trump campaign.

However a statement from the Qatar Investment Authority denied the bribery claims: “This article includes a number of allegations that are unfounded and incorrect. Among others, neither the Qatar Investment Authority nor its CEO are investors in, nor have they had any involvement with, BIG3” the statement said.

The revelations are the latest in a line of stories showing Qatar’s attempts at influencing US political and media spheres.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Qatar had offered millions of US dollars to obtain a major stake in Newsmax, a conservative media company.

Newsmax is run by Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Trump, according to US journalist Ben Schreckinger who asserted that his two sources had knowledge of the talks.

Schreckinger stated in his Politico report: “The meetings began in January and have taken place in New York and at Mar-a-Lago, Florida. Other talks took place during the first week of April, when the CEO of the state-owned Qatar Investment Authority, both Al Thani brothers, and several members of Qatar’s cabinet were in Florida. The Qataris had eyed a $90 million investment."

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