BREAKING NEWS: Former chairman of Trump’s inaugural fund Tom Barrack is ARRESTED for ‘acting as an agent for the UAE’ and trying to influence the administration’s foreign policy
The chair of former President Donald Trump‘s inaugural committee 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 in the White House.
Thomas Barrack, 74, was hit with a seven-count indictment relating to 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 though stepped down as the company’s chief executive in 2020, and in April resigned as executive chairman.
He is a close friend of Trump.
The chair of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in 2017, Thomas Barrack, was on Tuesday arrested 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 with seven-count indictment relating to trying to push the UAE’s agenda and shape the foreign policy of the administration
Barrack’s attorney, Matthew Herrington, did not immediately return an email from the Associated Press seeking comment.
Barrack was due to appear at an initial 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 agents.
The charges were brought in Brooklyn.
Additionally, 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 agents of the UAE between April 2016 and April 2018, the Department of Justice said in a release.
‘The defendants repeatedly capitalized on Barrack’s friendships and access to a candidate who was eventually elected President, high-ranking campaign and government officials, and the American media to advance the policy goals of a foreign government without disclosing their true allegiances,’ Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko said in a release.
Lesko characterized the alleged conduct as ‘nothing short of a betrayal of those officials in the United States, including the former President.’
‘Through this indictment, we are putting everyone – regardless of their wealth or perceived political power – on notice that the Department of Justice will enforce the prohibition of this sort of undisclosed foreign influence,’ the statement said.