After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business.\r\nHe had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that he dubbed \u201cthe snake.\u201d\r\nTo do that, the California businessman had helped spearhead a secret campaign to influence the White House and Congress, flooding Washington with political donations.\r\n\u00a0\r\nBroidy and his business partner, Lebanese-American George Nader, pitched themselves to the crown princes as a backchannel to the White House, passing the princes\u2019 praise \u2014 and messaging \u2014 straight to the president\u2019s ears.\r\nNow, in December 2017, Broidy was ready to be rewarded for all his hard work.\r\nIt was time to cash in.\r\nIn return for pushing anti-Qatar policies at the highest levels of America\u2019s government, Broidy and Nader expected huge consulting contracts from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to an Associated Press investigation based on interviews with more than two dozen people and hundreds of pages of leaked emails between the two men. The emails reviewed by the AP included work summaries and contracting documents and proposals.\r\nThe AP has previously reported\u00a0that Broidy and Nader sought to get an anti-Qatar bill through Congress while obscuring the source of the money behind their influence campaign. A new cache of emails obtained by the AP reveals an ambitious, secretive lobbying effort to isolate Qatar and undermine the Pentagon\u2019s longstanding relationship with the Gulf country.\r\nA lawyer for Broidy, Chris Clark, contended the AP\u2019s reporting \u201cis based on fraudulent and fabricated documents obtained from entities with a known agenda to harm Mr. Broidy.\u201d\r\n\u201cTo be clear, Mr. Nader is a U.S. citizen, and there is no evidence suggesting that he directed Mr. Broidy\u2019s actions, let alone that he did so on behalf of a foreign entity,\u201d Clark said.\r\nThe AP conducted an exhaustive review of the emails and documents, checking their content with dozens of sources, and determined that they tracked closely with real events, including efforts to cultivate the princes and lobby Congress and the White House.\r\n\u00a0\r\nThe cache also reveals a previously unreported meeting with the president and provides the most detailed account yet of the work of two Washington insiders who have been entangled in the turmoil surrounding the two criminal investigations closest to Trump.\r\nLobbying in pursuit of personal gain is nothing new in Washington \u2014 Trump himself, in fact, turned the incestuous culture into a rallying cry when he promised to \u201cdrain the swamp.\u201d\r\n\u201cI will Make Our Government Honest Again -- believe me,\u201d Trump tweeted before the election. \u201cBut first, I\u2019m going to have to #DrainTheSwamp in DC.\u201d\r\nBroidy\u2019s campaign to alter U.S. policy in the Middle East and reap a fortune for himself shows that one of the president\u2019s top money men found the swamp as navigable as ever with Trump in office.\r\nNader\u2019s lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, declined comment. A senior Saudi official confirmed that the government had discussions with Nader but said it had signed no contracts with either Nader or Broidy.\r\nNeither Broidy nor Nader registered with the U.S. government under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law intended to make lobbyists working for foreign governments disclose their ties and certain political activities. The law requires people to register even if they are not paid but merely directed by foreign interests with political tasks in mind.\r\nViolating the federal law carries a maximum $10,000 fine or up to five years in prison.\r\nBroidy has maintained he was not required to register because his anti-Qatar campaign was not directed by a foreign client and came entirely at his own initiative. But documents show the lobbying was intertwined with the pursuit of contracts from the very start, and involved specific political tasks carried out for the crown princes \u2014 whose countries\u00a0are listed as the \u201cclients\u00a0\u201d for the lobbying campaign in a spreadsheet from Broidy\u2019s company, Circinus LLC.\r\n\u201cI have represented Mr. Broidy for many years. He has complied with all relevant laws, including FARA,\u201d Clark, Broidy\u2019s attorney, said in a statement to the AP.\r\nSummaries written by Broidy of two meetings he had with Trump \u2014 one of which has not been disclosed before \u2014 report that he was passing messages to the president from the two princes and that he told Trump he was seeking business with them.\r\nBy December of last year, the partners were riding a wave of success in their campaign to create an anti-Qatar drumbeat in Washington.\r\nSaudi Arabia was finding a new ascendancy following Trump\u2019s election. Broidy sought to claim credit for it, emails show, and was keen to collect the first installment of $36 million for an intelligence-gathering contract with the UAE.\r\nIt all might have proceeded smoothly save for one factor: the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to look into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.\r\n\u2018BELTWAY BANDITS\u2019\r\nIn many ways, the partnership between Broidy, 60, and Nader, 59, embodies the insider influence that has given contractors in D.C. the nickname \u201cbeltway bandits.\u201d\r\nBoth of their careers were marked by high-rolling success and spectacular falls from grace \u2014 and criminal convictions. The onset of the Trump administration presented an opportunity: a return to glory.\r\nBroidy, who made a fortune in investments, was finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2006 to 2008. But when a New York state pension fund decided to invest $250 million with him, investigators found that he had plied state officials with nearly $1 million in illegal gifts while collecting $18 million in management fees.\r\nIn 2009, Broidy pleaded guilty\u00a0to a felony charge of rewarding official misconduct.\r\n\u201cIn seeking investments from the New York State Common Retirement Fund, I made payments for the benefit of high-ranking officials at the Office of the New York State Comptroller, who had influence and decision-making authority over investment decisions,\u201d Broidy said in his plea and cooperation agreement.\r\nAndrew Cuomo, then-New York attorney general, called it \u201can old-fashioned payoff.\u201d\r\n\u201cThis is effectively bribery of state officials, and not just one,\u201d said Cuomo, who is now New York\u2019s governor.\r\nThree years later, Broidy\u2019s conviction was knocked down to a misdemeanor after he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and pay back the $18 million to the state.\r\nNader\u2019s problem was pedophilia.\r\nAs a young Lebanese immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, he quickly established himself as a forceful independent operator, founding a policy magazine called Middle East Insight. By the \u201990s, he had risen as a behind-the-scenes player, setting up dinners for Israeli and Arab dignitaries with Washington power brokers and U.S. lawmakers.\r\nBut in May 2003, Nader was convicted in the Czech Republic of 10 counts of sexually abusing minors and sentenced to a one-year prison term, the AP revealed in March.\r\nHe served his time in Prague, according to Czech authorities, then was expelled from the country.\r\nThat sordid past was no obstacle as Nader cultivated a formidable list of high-powered contacts.\r\nAfter the 2003 Iraq war ended, he re-emerged there, as contractors were making a fortune helping the U.S. coalition and the post-Saddam Hussein government rebuild the country and arm its military.\r\nNader worked with a private military contractor from the U.S., Erik Prince, whose former company, Blackwater, became infamous after a shootout in Baghdad in 2007 left 14 civilians dead.\r\nNader has been living in the UAE, working as an adviser to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi crown prince known as MBZ.\r\nIt was Nader\u2019s connection to MBZ and Erik Prince that eventually caught the attention of U.S. investigators in the Russia probe.\r\nMueller\u2019s team was interested in two meetings that took place before Donald Trump\u2019s inauguration.\r\nOne was in the Seychelles, a tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which drew scrutiny because it included Prince, an informal adviser to Trump, and Russian investor Kirill Dmitriev, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting has prompted questions about whether it was an attempt to establish a backchannel between Russia and the incoming Trump administration.\r\nThe other meeting was at Trump Tower in New York.\r\nNader and MBZ were at both.\r\n\u2018A TERRIFIC, MAGNIFICENT MEETING\u2019\r\nJust weeks after those meetings, Broidy and Nader met for the first time, during Trump\u2019s inauguration.\r\nThe two men were soon working out their budding partnership. Nader sent Broidy his private email address on the encrypted ProtonMail service.\r\nFrom the start, the men had a two-track mission: to carry out a campaign against Qatar that would curry favor with the princes, and to then turn that success into millions of dollars in defense deals, documents show.\r\nThe two men barely knew each other. But Broidy had the ear of the president. Nader claimed he had the crown princes\u2019.\r\nOn Feb. 7, 2017, Broidy wrote to a staffer for the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee about a bill aimed at sanctioning Qatar for alleged support of terrorist groups\u2014 part of what Nader called \u201chammering Qatar,\u201d emails show.\r\nThe next day, Broidy forwarded Nader questions about a potential contract with Saudi Arabia to train Arab troops to fight in the escalating war in Yemen.\r\nThe three-year civil war there has left thousands of civilians dead, millions displaced from their homes, and put the entire country on the cusp of famine in what is now the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. The war has drawn in myriad combatants, including a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and backed by the U.S.\r\nBroidy and Nader proposed multiple plans to the princes for more than $1 billion of work. One pitch was to help create an all-Muslim fighting force of 5,000 troops. A second was aimed at helping the UAE gather intelligence. A third would strengthen Saudi maritime and border security. Still another was related to setting up counterterrorism centers in Saudi Arabia.\r\nIn a note to Broidy, Nader said the princes were very happy with the proposed contracts, particularly the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.\r\nBut first, emails show, they had to focus on the lobbying campaign. They proposed a budget upward of $12 million to \u201cexpose and penalize\u201d Qatar and get the U.S. to pressure it to \u201caid in coercive action against Iran,\u201d according to a March 2017 document.\r\nThe gist of their plan was to show evidence that Qatar was too close to Iran and supported Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Iran is Saudi\u2019s main regional rival and on the other side of the war in Yemen.\r\nIdeally, Broidy and Nader would work to persuade the U.S. government to sanction Qatar and move a key military base from Qatar to another location in the Gulf. Broidy said he had a direct line to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.\r\n\u201cMnuchin is a close friend of mine (my wife and I are attending Sec. Mnuchin\u2019s wedding in Washington D.C. on June 24th),\u201d Broidy wrote to Nader. \u201cI can help in educating Mnuchin on the importance of the Treasury Department putting many Qatari individuals and organizations on the applicable sanctions lists.\u201d\r\nThe al-Udeid Air Base outside Doha is an important U.S. military asset in the Middle East. It\u2019s the forward operating base for U.S. Central Command and hosts some 10,000 U.S. troops \u2014 a geopolitical arrangement that Qatar\u2019s Gulf rivals would like to change. Amid the fissures in the Gulf, the base is key leverage for Qatar to maintain influence in Washington. Unlike other countries, Qatar imposes few restrictions on base operations and is even building new facilities for U.S. troops.\r\nGetting the U.S. government to move its critical base in the Gulf was unlikely. And polishing up the image of the Saudis and Emiratis was a hard sell.\r\nSaudi Arabia has a history of torture and human rights abuses. Many Americans still associate the country with the Sept. 11 attacks. Of the 19 attackers, 15 were from Saudi Arabia, and two were from the UAE.\r\nThe UAE\u2019s track record is no better. Last year, the AP revealed that the UAE was operating \u201cblack sites\u201d in Yemen, where its soldiers have tortured prisoners - including, in some cases, tying them to a spit and roasting them over open fires.\r\nQatar has a troubled record as well. International human rights groups have dinged the country for its treatment of migrant workers preparing the country for the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International, in a 2013 report, stated that migrants from southeast Asia worked in a state akin to slavery, \u201cforced labour,\u201d and lived in \u201csqualid\u201d housing.\r\nDespite the challenges of Saudi Arabia\u2019s human rights record, the partners\u2019 timing was good. Trump and many other Republicans in Washington viewed Saudi Arabia as a counterweight against Iran.\r\nBroidy reported he was making progress, and Nader kept the \u201cprincipals\u201d briefed on their adventures, emails show. Broidy boasted that he had got the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, to back an anti-Qatar bill.\r\n\u201cThis is extremely positive,\u201d Broidy wrote. He claimed he had \u201cshifted\u201d Royce from being critical of Saudi Arabia to \u201cbeing critical of Qatar.\u201d\u00a0The AP reported in March\u00a0that Broidy gave nearly $600,000 to GOP candidates and causes since the beginning of 2017. Royce got the maximum allowed.\r\nCory Fritz, a spokesman for Royce, noted the congressman\u2019s record: Royce has long been critical of both countries. He said Royce has not changed his stance.\r\nBroidy also bragged that he had \u201ccaused\u201d Royce to praise a senior Saudi general, Ahmed Hassan Mohammad Assiri, in words that were then memorialized in the Congressional Record. Nader was thrilled: A U.S. congressman publicly flattered a Saudi official, who documents show was helping evaluate Broidy and Nader\u2019s contract proposals.\r\nAt the end of March, Nader wrote that he\u2019d had \u201ca terrific, magnificent meeting\u201d with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Prospects for the billion-dollar contracts were good.\r\n\u201cHe was very positive overall,\u201d Nader wrote. The prince even asked them to discuss their contracts with \u201cGeneral Ahmed.\u201d\r\nThe money for the lobbying was another matter.\r\nAt Nader\u2019s request, $2.5 million\u00a0was channeled in two installments from his company in the UAE through a Canadian company called Xiemen Investments Limited, which someone familiar with the transaction said was run by one of Broidy\u2019s friends. The money was then routed to a Broidy account in Los Angeles.\r\nThe transaction had the effect of obfuscating that the money for the political work in Washington had come from Nader in the UAE. Some of the recipients of Broidy\u2019s spending in Washington said they had no idea that Nader was involved. Broidy previously told the AP that he did not think to question why the money was routed through a foreign entity.\r\nAt that point, Broidy might have realized the dangers of not registering as a foreign agent \u2014 it was all over the news.\r\nThree Trump advisers registered retroactively as foreign agents: Michael Flynn, Trump\u2019s former national security adviser, who had done business for Turkey, and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime deputy, Rick Gates, who did business for Ukraine.\r\nBroidy was undeterred. Nader cheered on his anti-Qatar exploits and told him to \u201ckeep hammering the bastards.\u201d\r\nAN \u2018EXTRAORDINARY\u2019 CAMPAIGN\u2019\r\nArmed with fresh cash, Broidy pitched Nader a media blitz that would put the fire to Qatar.\r\nHe\u2019d persuaded an American think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, to stage an anti-Qatar conference. Broidy wrote Nader that his plan included the commission of 200 articles assigned to the foundation and other think tanks. Mark Dubowitz, the foundation\u2019s CEO, later said that Broidy assured him the funding was not coming from a foreign government and that he had no contracts in the Gulf.\r\nOn April 21, 2017, Broidy sent Nader the draft of an Op-Ed to show the impact of his campaign. It was marked \u201cConfidential.\u201d\r\nThree days later, \u201cThe Two Faces of Qatar, a Dubious Mideast Ally\u201d was published in The Wall Street Journal. The opinion piece, co-written by retired Air Force Gen. Charles Wald, who had been the deputy head of U.S. European Command, called for moving U.S. military assets from the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar. \u201cThe United Arab Emirates would be a logical destination,\u201d wrote Wald.\r\nWhat readers did not know was that Wald was listed in company documents as a member of Broidy\u2019s Circinus team that was pitching contracts in Saudi Arabia.\r\nAsked why he had not made his conflict clear in the Op-Ed piece, Wald denied he had ever worked for Broidy.\r\n\u201cI was not part of the team, period,\u201d Wald wrote. \u201cI can\u2019t speak for his documentation.\u201d\r\nA person familiar with the arrangement, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record, said that Wald consulted with Broidy, but could not join a trip to pitch the contract in Saudi Arabia because of a scheduling conflict. Broidy\u2019s leaked emails refer to Wald\u2019s involvement almost four dozen times.\r\nThe Foundation for Defense of Democracies conference was set for May 23 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington. In a Circinus progress report from Broidy to Nader, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are listed as the clients, Maj. Gen. Assiri as a consultant, and Broidy and Nader are \u201cleader\/liaison\u201d \u2014 raising questions about Broidy\u2019s contention to the AP that he was not working for a foreign government.\r\nThe conference also set off a flurry of more anti-Qatar stories in mainstream media, which Broidy catalogued for the crown princes.\r\nThe partners were jubilant when Trump made his first foreign trip not to his allies in Europe, but to Saudi Arabia.\r\nTwo weeks later, in a major escalation of tensions, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and regional allies launched a travel and trade embargo against Qatar.\r\nIt was hard to tell whose side the U.S. government was on.\r\nOne day after the UAE and Saudi Arabia began their blockade, Trump sent a series of tweets signaling support for the two countries\u2019 actions and embracing an anti-Qatar stance. He said his recent visit to Saudi Arabia was \u201calready paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to horror of terrorism!\u201d\r\nU.S. officials quickly tried to walk back Trump\u2019s comments, saying the U.S. was not taking sides in the dispute among its Gulf allies.\r\nA week later, on June 16, the Trump administration completed a $12 billion sale of F-15 fighter jets to Qatar that had been approved earlier by Congress. The move was at odds with the president\u2019s rhetoric on Qatar, but it paled in comparison with the $110 billion in arms deals with Saudi Arabia that Trump had previously announced.\r\nNADER OR VADER?\r\nIn late September, Broidy arranged for the most coveted meeting for any lobbyist in Washington: an audience for himself with the president in the Oval Office.\r\nIn advance of the meeting, Nader wrote Broidy a script, an email shows\u00a0. There were several objectives: to sell the idea for a Muslim fighting force, to keep the president from intervening on Qatar and to arrange a discreet meeting between Trump and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.\r\nThe princes \u201care counting on you to relate it blunt and straight,\u201d Nader wrote.\r\nNader told Broidy the meeting was potentially historic and to \u201ctake advantage of this priceless asset.\u201d\r\nAnd there was one more thing. Nader asked Broidy to tell the president about his connections with the crown princes, using code names for all three.\r\n\u201cAppreciate how you would make sure to bring up my role to Chairman,\u201d Nader emailed. \u201cHow I work closely with Two Big Friends.\u201d\r\nAfter the Oct. 6 meeting, Broidy\u00a0reported back to Nader\u00a0that he had passed along the messages and had urged the president to stay out of the dispute with Qatar. He also said he explained Circinus\u2019 plan to build a Muslim fighting force.\r\n\u201cPresident Trump was extremely enthusiastic,\u201d he wrote. Broidy said Trump asked what the next step would be and that he told the president he should meet with the crown prince from the UAE, adding, \u201cPresident Trump agreed that a meeting with MBZ was a good idea.\u201d\r\nThe White House did not respond to repeated requests for comment.\r\nDespite that successful readout, Nader wanted more: He wanted a photo of himself with the president \u2014 a big request for a convicted pedophile.\r\nBroidy was co-hosting a fundraiser for Trump and the Republican National Committee in Dallas on Oct. 25. The Secret Service had said Nader wouldn\u2019t be allowed to meet the president. It was not clear if the objections were related to his convictions for sexually abusing children.\r\nBroidy drafted an email to Trump\u2019s chief of staff, John Kelly, asking him to intervene on behalf of his friend, whom he oddly called \u201cGeorge Vader\u201d \u2014 a misnomer that appears elsewhere in the emails.\r\n\u201cOne of my companies does deep vetting for the US government,\u201d he wrote. \u201cWe ran all data bases including FBI and Interpol and found no issues with regard to Mr. Vader.\u201d\r\nThere was another issue. RNC officials had decreed there would be no photos with the president without payment. Broidy suggested that Nader meet the suggested threshold with a donation between $100,000 and $250,000.\r\nIt\u2019s unclear exactly how the two issues were resolved.\u00a0Records from the Federal Election Commission\u00a0show no donations from either George Nader or \u201cGeorge Vader,\u201d but on Nov. 30, Broidy gave $189,000 to the RNC \u2014 more than he had given to the RNC in over two decades of Republican fundraising.\r\nThe result: a picture of Nader and Trump grinning in front of the American flag.\r\nA SPIRAL OF MISFORTUNE\r\nIt was time for Broidy to visit the UAE and nail down his first contract. He and Nader had already discussed sharing the profits and begun setting up a UAE subsidiary of Circinus, Broidy\u2019s company.\r\nIn late November, Broidy planned a visit to complete the contracts in the UAE, where MBZ was hosting a Formula One auto race.\r\nBut maybe that was too public.\r\n\u201cI think my friend not very wise for you to be seeing (sic) at this event,\u201d Nader wrote to Broidy. \u201cMany journalists and people from Russia and other countries will be around.\u201d\r\nBroidy met Trump once again on Dec. 2. He reported back to Nader that he\u2019d told Trump the crown princes were \u201cmost favorably impressed by his leadership.\u201d He offered the crown princes\u2019 help in the Middle East peace plan being developed by Jared Kushner. He did not tell Trump that his partner had complete contempt for the plan \u2014 and for the president\u2019s son-in-law.\r\n\u201cYou have to hear in private my Brother what Principals think of \u2018Clown prince\u2019s\u2019 efforts and his plan!\u201d Nader wrote. \u201cNobody would even waste cup of coffee on him if it wasn\u2019t for who he is married to.\u201d\r\nDays after Broidy\u2019s meeting with Trump, the UAE awarded Broidy the intelligence contract the partners had been seeking for up to $600 million over 5 years, according to a leaked email.\r\nThe Muslim fighting force contract would be even larger, potentially bringing their entire Gulf enterprise to more than $1 billion.\r\nIn January, Broidy was preparing for a third meeting with Trump, at Mar-a-Lago, during celebrations of the president\u2019s first year in office. Nader was supposed to join them, but the initial payment for the intelligence contract was late. He delayed his trip to the U.S. for a day to make sure it was wired.\r\nOn Jan. 17, Broidy reported that he had received the first installment \u2014 $36 million.\r\n\u201cTerrific!\u201d Nader wrote before his flight. \u201cFirst among many to go!\u201d\r\nHours after that money transfer, Nader and Broidy discovered that, despite all their precautions, they had not escaped notice.\r\nWhen Nader landed at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., a team of FBI agents working for Mueller was there to meet him. He was relieved of his electronic devices and later agreed to cooperate. It is unclear why Nader was detained, but he is a link between the Trump campaign and the Russian investor who attended the meeting in the Seychelles.\r\nWhile there is no evidence that Mueller is interested in the lobbying effort, Nader\u2019s detention kicked off a spiral of misfortune for the two partners.\r\nIn February, the AP, The New York Times and other news organizations began receiving anonymously leaked batches of Broidy\u2019s emails and documents that had apparently been hacked. News stories linked him to plans to leverage his White House access for clients in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia.\r\nBroidy fought back. He sued Qatar and its lobbyists, alleging in a lawsuit filed in March that the hack was a smear campaign.\r\n\u201cWe believe the evidence is clear that a nation state is waging a sophisticated disinformation campaign against me in order to silence me, including hacking emails, forging documents, and engaging in espionage and numerous other illegal activities,\u201d Broidy said in a statement at the time.\r\nQatar responded that it was Broidy who had engaged in a propaganda campaign.\r\nThen, on April 9, another blow.\r\nThe FBI raided the premises of Trump\u2019s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, seeking information on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who said she\u2019d had an affair with the president.\r\nBroidy, it turned out, was also a Cohen client. He\u2019d had an affair with Playboy Playmate Shera Bechard, who got pregnant and later had an abortion. Broidy agreed to pay her $1.6 million to help her out, so long as she never spoke about it.\r\n\u201cI acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,\u201d Broidy said in a statement the day the news broke. He apologized to his wife and resigned from the RNC. There is no indication Broidy is under investigation by Mueller\u2019s team.\r\nIn the end, Nader and Broidy\u2019s anti-Qatar operation lost its momentum. There has been no traction on the effort to get the base in Qatar moved to the UAE. In late April, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for an end to the bickering among Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar during a trip to the Gulf.\r\nLast week, Saudi Arabia distanced itself from Nader and Broidy. A senior official said Crown Prince bin Salman ordered an end to \u201cengagement with these people.\u201d\r\nBut Broidy\u2019s huge contract with the UAE?\r\nIt\u2019s good to go.