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Offbeat Qatari investor confirms he attended Trump Tower meetings in 2016

22:45  15 may  2018
22:45  15 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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

He 's shown meeting with Cohen at Trump Tower shortly after the election. The photos include a person who appears to be al-Rumaihi, who in late 2016 and 2017 was part of an aggressive Qatari effort to forge ties with members of the Trump administration.

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

The stated reason: Ahmed Al-Rumaihi wanted face time 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," 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."

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In a statement, Trump Jr. said he had asked Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort to attend but did not tell them what the meeting was about. Donald Trump Jr. arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with his father, then President-elect Donald Trump , November 15, 2016 in New York.

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The spokesperson did not elaborate on which Trump transition officials attended those meetings or the substance of the meetings.

A person familiar with the Qatari delegation's meetings at Trump Tower that day said, "There were several meetings that took place between the delegation and Trump transition officials. During one, Michael Cohen briefly popped in."

The statement is Al-Rumaihi's first acknowledgment of why he was at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016, since Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, made an issue of it in his tweets.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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