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Always keep those phones securely holstered people!  You never know when they’re gonna redial that reporter you just talked to — and let him in on your latest caper …

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“You know, Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case ‘cause he didn’t do any due diligence,” Giuliani said.

It was not clear who Charles is, NBC reported.

“Let’s get back to business,” he reportedly continued. “I gotta get you to get on Bahrain.”

Giuliani is then heard saying he has “got to call Robert again tomorrow.”

Is Robert around?” Giuliani asked.

“He’s in Turkey,” responded the other man in the room.

“The problem is we need some money,” Giuliani said, adding after several seconds of silence, “we need a few hundred thousand.”

thehill.com — 10/25/2019

The media consensus is that this is likely the Robert that Rudy is referring to:

It’s unclear what the two men were talking about. But Giuliani is known to have worked with a Robert who has ties to Turkey.

His name is Robert Mangas, and he’s a lawyer at the firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, as well as a registered agent of the Turkish government.

Giuliani himself was employed by Greenberg Traurig until about May 2018.

Mangas provided an affidavit in the case of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish gold trader charged in the United States with laundering Iranian money in a scheme to evade American sanctions.

Giuliani was brought on to assist Zarrab in 2017. He traveled to Turkey with his former law partner Michael Mukasey and attempted to strike a deal with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to secure the release of their jailed client, alarming the federal prosecutor leading the case.

Giuliani and Mangas were both employed by Greenberg Traurig at the time.

www.nbcnews.com — 10/25/2019

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Robert Mangas, Greenberg Traurig LLP — Registered Lobbyist for Turkey, and Rudy Associate.

Regarding who “Charles” might be, given the phrase “due diligence” Rudy uses to describe him, my educated guess is Charles must be a Lawyer, who is somehow in the orbit of Trump dirty-tricksters.

I give you … Charles Harder — who just might fit the bill:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) —  Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have threatened in a letter to sue CNN for what they said was the network falsely advertising itself as a news organization, calling on executives to first discuss an “appropriate resolution” to the matter that would include a “substantial” payment to cover damages.

The letter, dated Oct. 16 and made public on Friday, is the latest threat by Trump to sue a media organization over what he sees as unfair media coverage since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, although no lawsuits have been filed.

“This is nothing more than a desperate PR stunt and doesn’t merit a response,” a CNN spokesman said in an email.

[…]

The letter was signed by Charles Harder, who has sent similar threats to media organizations on Trump’s behalf.

Last year, Harder suggested Trump would take legal action against the New York Times for an investigative report on his business empire, calling it “highly defamatory.”

www.reuters.com — Oct 18, 2019

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Charles Harder — Hollywood’s favorite Lawyer.

So at least one question remains — Who is Rudy talking to — in the room?  When his cell phone was spilling the beans on his latest schemes?

Since they are talking about other Lawyers, and talking about very large “instant paydays” — my hunch is, he is probably talking to another Lawyer. Probably someone recently hired on to Trump’s “legal team”.

But why Bahrain?   Why send the new guy there?

Remarks by President Trump and Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain Before Bilateral Meeting

Issued on: September 16, 2019

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be with the Crown Prince of Bahrain.  He is a friend of mine, and the country is a friend of ours.  We’re always going to be with them, and I know they’re always going to be with us.  We have a tremendous relationship militarily, but we have also a tremendous economic relationship — trade.  And we’re going to be discussing all of those things.  We’ll certainly be discussing what took place over the last two days in Saudi Arabia.

CROWN PRINCE SALMAN:  Absolutely.

[…]

CROWN PRINCE SALMAN:  Absolutely.  And we seek to strengthen America’s ability to trade with the world, and we have some concrete ideas on how we can do that.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.

CROWN PRINCE SALMAN:  Thank you, Mr. President.

[…]

Q    Do you want war with Iran, Mr. President?  Do you want war with Iran?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Do I want war?  I don’t want war with anybody.  I’m somebody that would like not to have war.  We have the strongest military in the world.  We’ve spent more than a trillion and a half dollars in the last short period of time on our military.  Nobody has even come close.  We have the best equipment in the world.  We have the best missiles.  And as you say, you just bought the Patriot system.

CROWN PRINCE SALMAN:  We did.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  There’s nothing even close.

But, no, I don’t want war with anybody.  But we’re prepared more than anybody.  Two and a half years ago, I will tell you, it was not the same thing.  And with what we’ve done, we’ve totally rebuilt our military in so many different ways, but we’ve rebuilt it.  And there’s nobody — it has the F-35.  We have the best fighter jets, the best rockets, the best missiles, the best equipment.  But with all of that being said, we’d certainly like to avoid it.

www.whitehouse.gov  — Sept 16, 2019

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Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain — Trump’s newest BFF.

Senate fails to block arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar
www.politico.com  — 06/13/2019

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Regarding Trump’s latest “legal” hires …   [ 20 attorneys specifically assigned ] …

Trump legal team steps into a battle like none before

The House’s new impeachment inquiry will test Trump’s army of lawyers — and the president’s rhetoric that this is actually good for him and Republicans come 2020.

[…]

Trump’s current White House counsel’s office, led by Pat Cipollone, has a team of about 20 attorneys specifically assigned since the start of the year to aggressively pushing back on Democratic congressional oversight requests.

[…]

[Jay] Sekulow dismissed the idea he’s going to need to make significant additions.

“We have plenty of constitutional lawyers already on the team,” he said, noting his own experience arguing a dozen cases before the Supreme Court and the background of William Consovoy, an attorney based in Arlington, Va., who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and who has taken a lead role in several lawsuits to protect the president’s tax returns.

www.politico.com — Sept 25, 2019

Attorneys general subpoena Trump business records in lawsuit over his Washington hotel

by Jonathan O’Connell, Ann E. Marimow, David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post;

republished by LATimes — Dec. 4, 2018

[…]

The subpoenas seek details on some of the most closely held secrets of Trump’s presidency: Which foreign governments have paid the Trump Organization money? How much? And for what?

All of the documents relate to Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel, which is at the center of the emoluments case because of events foreign governments have held there and the federal lease that allows the business to operate.

[…]

Since Trump won the 2016 election, his hotel in Washington has hosted events put on by the embassies of Kuwait, Bahrain and the Philippines — all U.S. allies. The Saudi government spent at least $270,000 to reserve hotel rooms and banquet rooms at the D.C. hotel, according to foreign lobbying records. And at Trump’s hotel in New York, the general manager credited travelers accompanying the Saudi Crown prince for spending so much money this spring that they helped the hotel turn a profit for the quarter.

But those transactions, which were discovered by reporters, may not be the only ones. Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump White House have provided any comprehensive accounting of which foreign governments have paid money to the president’s businesses — and, by extension, to the president who still owns them. Nor have they said what these countries paid for, which might address concerns that they might be overpaying for services to curry favor with Trump.
[…]

The president, his attorneys say, should not be burdened with negotiations over documents and records if the complaint against him could ultimately be dismissed.

“The President, in turn, will be drawn into the inevitable disputes that will arise as discovery progresses,” wrote Trump’s lawyer William Consovoy. “The President will suffer the very burdens from which absolute immunity is supposed to shield him.”

Kind looks like William Consovoy might fit the bill, for the Bahrain visit — that Rudy sees a pre-emptively necessary —  before those intrepid reporters start pulling on yet another quid-pro-quo thread. William just took part in squashing those Emoluments reports.

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William Consovoy — have Sharpies will Travel.

Consovoy is the exact opposite of a Never-Trumper.  So who better to send into the keep-this “cover-up” on-the-down-low mission?  This guy will bury the Bahrain Emolument-evidence, just like he’s buried Trump’s tax returns.

Bahrain’s Crown Prince no doubt has a deluxe hotel suite, just waiting the arrival of the Trump secret envoy … to dot those Patriot i’s and cross those F-35 t’s …

And we seek to strengthen America’s ability to trade with the world, and we have some concrete ideas on how we can do that.

Bring your wheel-barrow.

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The exact opposite of “Draining the Swamp.”

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Where is Bahrain, anyways?

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