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Who Was Behind the Plan to Give Saudi Arabia Nuclear Power, and What Was Their Agenda?
For a year, â€œTrump, Inc.â€ has been digging into the 2017 inauguration. That reporting led us to look closely at the man Donald Trump picked to run the event, Tom Barrack, a wealthy businessman whoâ€™s been friends with Trump for decades. As we were finishing our Barrack episode â€” just out this week â€” the House Oversight Committee released a report detailing how the Trump administration pursued a plan to export nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The plan had been championed by then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who could have profited from it. The efforts continued despite warnings from ethics officials and staff at the National Security Council. And who was in talks to lead the initiative? Tom Barrack. Â The House investigation confirmed some reporting by one of our ProPublica colleagues, Isaac Arnsdorf, that goes back to late 2017. So we decided to bring Isaac in for this podcast extra to help us understand who was behind the plan and what they wanted. Barrack has declined our requests for an interview, and Flynnâ€™s lawyer and the White House have not responded.
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Elliott Broidy's All-Access Pass
Trump, Inc. is back. Our podcast with ProPublica focused earlier this year on the many mysteries around President Donald Trumpâ€™s businesses. This season, weâ€™re widening the lens to look at the people around Trump and how they are benefitting from his presidency. Our first episode looks at Elliott Broidy. You might remember him as the Republican financier who agreed to pay a Playboy model $1.6 million in return for her silence. (Broidy has said it was just to help her financially.) Before that scandal, Broidy was at the center of another one.Â A decade ago, he pleaded guilty toÂ bribingÂ New York State pension officials â€” â€œan old-fashioned payoff,â€œ as then-state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo put it. (Before the plea was finalized,Â a judgeÂ allowed Broidy to change his plea from a felony to a misdemeanor.) After that, Broidy built himself back up as a fundraiser for Republican candidates and, eventually, for Trump. He became the deputy finance co-chair of the Republican National Committee, met with the president, and drummed up hundreds of millions in foreign business while touting his connections. â€œElliott Broidy is fantastic,â€ Trump said last year at his first presidential fundraiser. â€œEverybody loves Elliott.â€ How did Broidy go from a criminal conviction to praise from the president? And what did he do with that connection? Listen to our episode. We have an unusually detailed picture of Broidyâ€™s work from his emails, which were hacked and given to reporters. Broidy has blamed Qatar, saying the country targeted him because he is a vocal supporter of Israel and critic of Qatar. (Here is a letter we received from Broidyâ€™s lawyer about that.)Â Â Broidy declined our requests for an interview. His spokesman told us in an email statement: â€œElliott Broidy has never agreed to work for, been retained by nor been compensated by any foreign government for any interaction with the United States Government, ever.â€ Â Correction, Sept 26, 2018: This story originally stated that Elliott Broidy was convicted of bribing New York State officials. In fact, he pleaded guilty to bribing them, but before the plea was finalized, a judge allowed himÂ toÂ change his plea from a felony to a misdemeanor. Correction, Sept 26, 2018: This story originally said that Elliott Broidy paid $1.6 million to aÂ Playboy model. He agreed to do so but stopped paying her after the arrangement became public.Â Â
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The Business of Silence
President Donald Trump has had many roles in his life: Real estate scion, reality show star, Oval Office holder. But through it all, one thing has remained consistent. He tries to control whatÂ information becomes public about himself and his business. In the latest episode of Trump, Inc., our podcast with ProPublica, weâ€™re looking at the ways Trump has tried to buy and enforce silence â€” and how it matters more than ever now that heâ€™s president. We talk to The New Yorkerâ€™s Ronan FarrowÂ about just one of the tactics used by those helping the president: the â€œcatch and kill.â€Â Â