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Trump ally arrested, charged over working for UAE

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Tom Barrack was the chairman of Trump's Inaugural Committee. (File photo)

An ally of former President Donald Trump has been arrested over working for the United Arab Emirates.

Thomas Barrack was charged Tuesday with several criminal counts over allegedly working as an undisclosed foreign lobbyist on behalf of the UAE.

"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,” Mark Lesko, the acting head of the Justice Department’s national security division, said in a statement.

Many allies of the former president has so far been arrested or charged and in some cases convicted of various crimes.

“The conduct alleged in the indictment is nothing short of a betrayal of those officials in the United States, including the former President," Lesko said. "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 former president is himself facing several lawsuits, in part over tax evasion.

Matthew Grimes of Aspen, Colorado, and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi were also charged alongside Barrack, who was the chairman of Trump's Inaugural Committee.

Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California, was charged in a seven-count indictment in Brooklyn federal court. 


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