Kushner, Confirming the Dossier details, and Qatar’s Quid for Russian Quo

My new Slate piece: I connect the dots between the Kushner scandals this week and the Steele Dossier’s details of quid pro quo. Qatar may be the middleman between Putin and Trump, through Qatar’s purchase of Rosneft from Russia, and a Qatar-backed firm delivering a massive loan to Kushner. In between, Kushner manipulated a Gulf State crisis, allegedly to coerce the loan completion at the risk of a regional armed conflict. Details here: 


Executive summary: “Russia’s sale of Rosneft Gas is the key event in the Steele Dossier’s quid pro quo allegation. June 2016: Russians offer Trumpers (through Carter Page) a massive payout in return for lifting sanctions. Qatari firm acquires Rosneft from Russia [Dec ‘16]. Kushner seeks money directly from Qatar. But Qatar does not deliver to Kushner. Kushner creates a crisis vs. Qatar w/ risk of war. Then the Qatar-backed Apollo Group delivers $184 million to Kushner.

Additional note:

A colleague pointed out that the 19.5% in both the dossier’s Russia/Carter Page deal and the Qatar Dec.9 deal makes sense, because there is probably  a 20% legal threshold rule for reporting financing and investors. These deals are under that 20% threshold because the dealmakers seem to be unusually focused on secrecy and evading regulators and prosecutors.

Author: Jed Shugerman

Legal historian at Fordham Law School, teaching Torts, Administrative Law, and Constitutional History. JD/PhD in History, Yale. Red Sox and Celtics fan, youth soccer coach. Author of "The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America" (2012) on the rise of judicial elections in America. I filed an amicus brief in the Emoluments litigation against Trump along with a great team of historians. I'm working on "The Rise of the Prosecutor Politicians," a history of prosecutors and political ambition (a cause of mass incarceration), and "The Imaginary Unitary Executive," on the myths and history of presidential power in America.

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