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Tue Jul 20, 2021, 02:49 PM

Tom Barrack charged with illegally lobbying then-President Trump on behalf of UAE

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Source: CNBC

Thomas Barrack, a private equity investor who is a close friend of former President Donald Trump, was arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles on federal charges of illegally lobbying Trump on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.

Barrack, who was charged with two other men in a seven-count indictment in Brooklyn, New York, federal court, was chairman of Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund.


The Santa Monica, California, resident is accused with the other defendants of secretly advancing the interests of the UAE at the direction of senior officials of that country by influencing the foreign policy positions of Trump’s 2016 campaign, and then the foreign policy positions of the U.S. government during Trump’s presidency through April 2018.

Barrack, who never registered with the American government as an agent for the UAE, also is charged with obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements during a June 2019 interview with federal law enforcement agents.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/20/thomas-barrack-chairman-of-trump-2017-inaugural-fund-arrested-on-federal-charge.html



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SouthBayDem Tuesday OP
Bernardo de La Paz Tuesday #1
Mr.Bill Tuesday #9
WA-03 Democrat Tuesday #2
Scurrilous Tuesday #3
majdrfrtim Tuesday #4
Ford_Prefect Tuesday #5
riversedge Tuesday #6
Warpy Tuesday #7
George II Tuesday #8
bucolic_frolic Tuesday #10
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Tuesday #11
Rhiannon12866 Tuesday #12

Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 02:56 PM

1. Melanoma is deep into that $100 million mess. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 05:03 PM

9. So is Ivanka.

And so are some Trump businesses, like the Washington DC Hotel.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 02:57 PM

2. Thank you AG Garland

Let’s crack some eggs

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Tue Jul 20, 2021, 03:02 PM

3. ...

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His name was mentioned in a 2019 House Oversight Committee report re: illegal efforts to transfer nuclear technology to the Middle East.

https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/Trump%20Saudi%20Nuclear%20Report%20-%202-19-2019.pdf

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 04:07 PM

4. "Only the best people"

Who knew, before now, that "the best people" could so often at least seem to get into trouble with the law?

Asking for a friend.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 04:12 PM

5. Lock him up until he talks.

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Tue Jul 20, 2021, 04:27 PM

6. CNN: Trump ally Tom Barrack charged with acting as an agent of a foreign government




Trump ally Tom Barrack charged with acting as an agent of a foreign government



https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/20/politics/tom-barrack-arrested/index.html

By Erica Orden Updated 4:20 PM ET, Tue July 20, 2021
Tom Barrack charged by federal prosecutors



(CNN)Tom Barrack, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, was charged Tuesday with illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates for what federal prosecutors in Brooklyn described as an effort to influence the foreign policy positions of both the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the subsequent incoming administration.

Barrack is charged in a seven-count indictment with acting as an agent of the UAE between April 2016 and April 2018. He is also charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal law enforcement agents.

Barrack was the chairman of Trump's Inaugural Committee, and while some of the charged conduct concerns the presidential transition, it appears unrelated to the inaugural festivities.


According to the indictment, Barrack and two other men charged Tuesday -- Matthew Grimes of Aspen, Colorado, and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, a UAE national -- capitalized on Barrack's status as a senior outside adviser to the Trump campaign to "advance the interests of and provide intelligence to the UAE while simultaneously failing to notify the Attorney General that their actions were taken at the direction of senior UAE officials.".........................................




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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 04:36 PM

7. They seem to be focused heabily on the inauguration

and that means Ivanka is likely in the crosshairs, also.

The whole thing was one massive grift. I hope they can prove it to 12 people who aren't tax lawyers or CPAs.

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Tue Jul 20, 2021, 04:42 PM

8. More, from CNN:

Barrack is charged in a seven-count indictment with acting as an agent of the UAE between April 2016 and April 2018. He is also charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal law enforcement agents.


Barrack was directly and indirectly in contact with UAE senior leadership, according to the charges, and he referred to Alshahhi as its “secret weapon” to promote its foreign policy agenda in America.


The indictment cites several instances of the defendants’ alleged promotion of UAE’s agenda to the Trump campaign. In May 2016, Barrack inserted language praising the UAE into a campaign speech about US energy policy, then sent an advance draft of the speech to Alshahhi to give to UAE officials, according to the indictment. In 2016 and 2017, Barrack, Alshahhi and Grimes received talking points from UAE officials for Barrack’s TV appearances in which he promoted the UAE’s interests.


Following one appearance, Barrack emailed Alshahhi, “I nailed it… for the home team,” referring not to the United States but to the UAE, according to the charges.


According to the charges, Barrack had a dedicated cell phone with a secure message application for the purpose of communicating with senior UAE officials.


https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/20/politics/tom-barrack-arrested/index.html

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 05:50 PM

10. Yet another link to repressive societies interested in 1A suppression

Lest we forget how often Trump ranted on about the evils of journalists, leaks, free speech, jail time for journalists ... maybe there was alignment with other budding dictators?

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 06:51 PM

11. "I know the best people" said TFG

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Tue Jul 20, 2021, 11:22 PM

12. How many does this make? It's so easy to lose track...

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