Former Trump Fundraiser Charged With Acting As A Foreign Agent

Headline Roundup July 20th, 2021

Private equity investor Thomas Barrack was arrested Tuesday on charges of failing to disclose lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. Barrack, a friend of former President Donald Trump, was also one of Trump's top campaign fundraisers and chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee. The Justice Department unsealed an indictment of three individuals, including Barrack, who allegedly attempted to influence Trump's foreign policy. Barrack was also charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI during an interview in 2019; The New York Times (Lean Left bias) reported that a spokesman said Barrack will plead not guilty to the charges. Matthew Grimes, one of Barrack's employees, and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, a UAE national, were also charged. 

The story received wide coverage across the political spectrum. Coverage from outlets on all sides tended to detail Barrack's history of interactions with foreign nations, as well as his history with Trump. 

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Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a close friend of former President Donald J. Trump and one of his top 2016 campaign fund-raisers, was arrested in California on Tuesday morning on federal charges of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

A seven-count indictment accused Mr. Barrack, 74, of using his access to Mr. Trump to advance the foreign policy goals of the United Arab Emirates and then lying about his activities during a June 2019 interview with federal agents.

Federal prosecutors said that Mr....

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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...

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Thomas Barrack, who spearheaded the inaugural fund for former President Donald Trump in 2017, was arrested and charged Tuesday with illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.

The Justice Department unveiled a seven-count indictment charging Barrack and his co-defendants related to “unlawful efforts to advance the interests of the United Arab Emirates in the United States at the direction of senior UAE officials by influencing the foreign policy positions of the campaign of a candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and, subsequently, the foreign policy positions of the...

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