This is some serious damn business, here. House Democrats are in the process of investigating whistle blower claims about Trump administration appointees who wanted to sell nuclear power plants to the Saudis, despite the objections of national security officials. Axios makes reference to an interim staff report released Tuesday by the House Oversight Committee. Axios:
The big picture: The report cites “serious, bipartisan concern” over ongoing efforts — led first by former national security adviser Michael Flynn and, more recently, Energy Secretary Rick Perry — to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia without congressional review. It also raises questions about the nature of the Trump administration’s relationship with the Saudi government, pointing to potential conflicts of interest among top advisers like Flynn, Jared Kushner and inaugural committee chairman Tom Barrack.
Now here’s where it gets better — or worse, perhaps is the way to put it. It’s no secret that Jared Kushner was in big trouble with his 666 Fifth Avenue building, and that he went all over the world trying to get financing for it. Kushner and his sister were offering special visas to Chinese who wanted to invest in their company. Those efforts got a lot of negative publicity pretty early in the game, because it was obvious that Kushner was using his father in law’s status as a bargaining chip. Kushner was sweating big time for a number of months over how to unload his white elephant 666 Fifth Avenue Building. Brookfield Investments finally bailed him out. Now, here’s the deal: Brookfield’s second largest investor is Quatar Investment Authority. Bear that in mind, and you’ll see how the dots are going to connect. Axios:
According to the Wall Street Journal, Brookfield Asset Management, which purchased a 99-year lease on the building, paid enough for Kushner Companies to pay off its $1.1 billion debt and buy out its partner, Vornado Realty Trust, which owned the retail portion of the building.
The deal became politically controversial because Qatar Investment Authority, one of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds, is Brookfield’s second-largest investor. Brookfield said Qatar wasn’t aware of the deal until it was publicly announced.
Now, it is certainly no secret that Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon, and Jared Kushner were visiting with the Saudis in January, 2017, and discussing selling them nuclear reactors, or “nuclear start-up kits” as one pundit quipped. Now, here’s the killer dot. Connect this and it all makes sense. Shortly after Brookfield bailed out Kushner, Brookfield finalized the acquisition of Westinghouse Electric, a nuclear power company. Do you love it?
This connection became problematic after the House Oversight Committee released a report last month alleging some members of the Trump administration proposed selling nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia over the objections of top national security officials. The report noted that Westinghouse, which manufactures power plants, could benefit from such a deal.
The White House did not respond to Axios’ request for comment.
So, in summation, Jared Kushner, who should not even have a security clearance, and would not have, but for his father in law bending the rules, negotiated with Brookfield, who bailed him out, while Brookfield was also negotiating with Westinghouse, a manufacturer of power plants. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that maybe there were some palms being greased here, and the Saudis could eventually get what they want, which is nuclear power plants, from the United States, without congressional review.
Sweet Jesus. Put that one in your pipe and smoke it.