Prosecutors say wealthy investors traded on ties to the administration to benefit the United Arab Emirates.
Tom Barrack, a longtime supporter of and adviser to former President Donald Trump, was arrested Tuesday on charges he secretly acted in the U.S. as an agent for the United Arab Emirates.
Barrack, 74, is accused of failing to register as a foreign agent, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and four counts of making false statements to the FBI.
A federal indictment issued by a grand jury in Brooklyn, N.Y. charged that Barrack put pro-UAE language into a Trump campaign speech in May 2016, took direction from UAE officials about what to say in media appearances and an op-ed piece he published just before the 2016 election, and agreed to promote a candidate for ambassador to UAE backed by UAE officials.
Prosecutors say Barrack used his insider access to White House officials that he gained through roles like his position as chair of Trump’s inaugural committee to agreed to give the UAE “non-public information about the views and reactions of senior U.S. government officials following a White House meeting between senior U.S. officials and senior UAE officials.”
The indictment is the latest move by the Justice Department to beef up enforcement of laws aimed at limiting and disclosing foreign influence in the U.S. However, the foreign-agent statute used to charge Barrack was not the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but a lesser know statute typically used to charge individuals accused of working at the direction of senior officials of a foreign government.
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