BREAKING NEWS: Former President of Trump’s Inaugural Fund Tom Barrack has been ARRESTED for ‘acting as an agent for the UAE’ and trying to influence the government’s foreign policy
- Thomas Barrack was arrested Tuesday on federal charges in Los Angeles for illegally lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates
- Barrack was hit with a seven-count indictment in connection with attempts to push the UAE’s agenda in the US
- He chaired former President Donald Trump Trump’s inaugural committee in 2017.
- The DOJ said Barrack and two associates committed nothing short of treason against those officials in the United States, including the former president.
The chair of former President Donald Trump’s inaugural commission in 2017 was arrested Tuesday on federal charges in Los Angeles for illegally lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates during the 2016 campaign and later at the White House.
Thomas Barrack, 74, was hit with a seven-count indictment of trying to push the UAE’s agenda in the US and shape the foreign policy of the previous administration.
Barrack is the founder of the private equity firm Colony Capital, although he stepped down as the company’s CEO in 2020 and stepped down as executive chairman in April.
He is a good friend of Trump.
The chairman of Donald Trump’s inaugural commission in 2017, Thomas Barrack, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges in Los Angeles for illegally lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates during his campaign
Barrack, 74, (pictured left at the 2017 inauguration) was hit by a seven-count indictment related to trying to push the UAE’s agenda and shape the government’s foreign policy
Barrack’s attorney, Matthew Herrington, did not immediately return an email from the Associated Press seeking comment.
Barrack was due to appear in a first appearance in federal court in Southern California.
Barrack was charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements during a June 20, 2019 interview with federal law enforcement officers.
The charges were filed in Brooklyn.
In addition, Matthew Grimes, 27, of Aspen, Colorado, and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, aka Rashid Al Malik, 43, a UAE national, are accused of acting and conspiring to act as UAE agents between April 2016 and April 2018, the Justice Department said in a press release.
The defendants repeatedly took advantage of Barrack’s friendships and access to a eventually elected president, senior campaign and government officials, and the US media to further the policy goals of a foreign government without revealing their true allegiances. acting assistant attorney. General Mark Lesko said in a release.
Lesko described the alleged behavior as “nothing short of betrayal of those officials in the United States, including the former president.”
“Through this indictment, we are letting everyone — regardless of their wealth or perceived political power — know that the Justice Department will uphold the ban on this kind of covert foreign influence,” the statement said.