Tom Barrack, a longtime friend of former President Donald Trump and chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, worked secretly for the UAE government for over a year as he helped shape the campaign and the Trump’s presidency, according to an indictment released by the Justice Department. Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Barrack and two partners – an American employee named Matthew Grimes and an Emirati liaison officer named Rashid Alshahhi – illegally interfered in American politics on behalf of a foreign power and then attempted to cover up the crime. Federal agents arrested Barrack and Grimes; Alshahhi is on the run.
Indictment reveals the often successful efforts of the United Arab Emirates, still a major United States partner in the Middle East, to exploit Trump’s haphazard approach to foreign policy to further its own ends to the detriment of American interests. It also torpedoed the reputation of Barrack, a leading real estate investor who helped bolster Trump among skeptics in the media and business.
Further, it underscores the staggering degree of misconduct in Trump’s inner circle as his allies took over the most powerful positions in government: Barrack asked for a leadership position, and his fellow campaign figures Steve Bannon and Michael. Flynn both worked in the White House and ultimately faced the federal government. fresh too.
Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his deputy Rick Gates, his lawyer Michael Cohen, his political adviser Roger Stone and his former fundraiser Elliott Broidy have also been in legal danger; all five were convicted of various crimes.
A spokesperson for the barracks Told The Washington Post will plead not guilty.
This is a developing story. Please check for updates.
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