A Qatari investor on Tuesday confirmed that he sat in on meetings at Trump Tower shortly after President Donald Trump was elected. The revelation from Ahmed Al-Rumaihi came after the matter was highlighted on Twitter by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against the president.
Al-Rumaihi had not previously revealed why he attended the meetings in December 2016 with Trump transition officials.
"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," a spokesperson for the company Sport Trinity, which Al-Rumaihi co-owns, told CNN. "He did not participate in any meetings with Michael Flynn, and his involvement in the meetings on that date was limited."
No further details on the content of the meetings was provided by the spokesperson.
Following the statement, Avenatti, whose client’s legal name is Stephanie Clifford, tweeted CNN’s story and wrote, “Once again, we have been proven right. More UGLY details to follow.”
On Tuesday morning, Avenatti tweeted a story by Slate that claimed that meetings Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen had with Trump’s former national security adviser Flynn could unveil more about the controversial Steele dossier alleging collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Avenatti on Sunday on Twitter posed the questions: “Why was Ahmed Al-Rumaihi meeting with Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn in December 2016 and why did Mr. Al-Rumaihi later brag about bribing administration officials according to a sworn declaration filed in court?"
A source with knowledge on the Qataris' meetings at the tower told CNN, "There were several meetings that took place between the delegation and Trump transition officials. During one, Michael Cohen briefly popped in."
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