Trump ally Tom Barak accused of illegally serving as UAE agent
Former Colonial Capital CEO Tom Barrack was one of Donald Trump’s earliest supporters in the 2016 presidential campaign. He has been arrested and accused of illegally serving as the United Arab Emirates’ agent.
Barack served as the chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee and an informal adviser to the campaign and administration departments. During this period, the prosecutor said, he advised senior US officials on foreign policy in the Middle East.
Barack was detained in California on Tuesday morning local time Ministry of Justice says.
According to an indictment released by the Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday, the senior real estate investor allegedly used a dedicated mobile phone equipped with encryption software to coordinate with UAE officials to “advance [country’s] Attempt to influence the foreign policy interests of U.S. foreign policy”.
Federal prosecutors also charged former colonial executive Matthew Grimes, who reported directly to Barak, and Rashid Al Malik, a UAE national living in California on a student visa, of conspiracy.
Barack also faces charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements in an interview with the FBI in 2019.
“The defendants have repeatedly used Barack’s friendship and contact with the final president-elect candidate, senior campaign and government officials, and the US media to advance the policy goals of foreign governments without revealing their true loyalty,” Marklesco said. Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Ministry of National Security.
Prosecutors accused Barak of helping win a hearing with the Trump administration on the UAE’s position on issues ranging from the Saudi-led regional embargo on Qatar to the legal status of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a transnational Sunni To send an Islamic organization, Trump has considered labeling it as a terrorist organization.
The UAE has become the The most influential and confident countryFor a long time, it has been considered an important partner of the United States in the Middle East.
In the text messages quoted by the prosecutor, Barak appeared to express his enthusiasm for what he called an unofficial diplomat role.
“Our people want you to help,” said Rashid Al Malik texting Barrack in 2017. “They want you to formally implement the agenda.”
“I will!” According to the prosecutor, Barack replied.
Barack’s spokesperson, Who left the colony In March, it was stated on Tuesday that he planned to fight these allegations.
The spokesman said: “Barack has volunteered to help investigators from the beginning.” “He is not guilty and will not plead guilty.”
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