Barrack is accused of acting as an agent of the United Arab Emirates between April 2016 and April 2018. He is also charged with obstructing justice and making false statements to federal enforcement agents laws.
Barrack was the chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, and while some of the alleged conduct relates to the presidential transition, it does not appear to be related to the inaugural festivities.
According to the indictment, Barrack and two other men were indicted on Tuesday – Matthew Grimes of Aspen, Colorado, and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, a national of the United Arab Emirates – took advantage of Barrack’s status as a senior external adviser to the Trump campaign to “advance UAE interests and provide intelligence to them while failing to inform the attorney general that their actions were taken under the direction of senior UAE officials.” “
Barrack was in direct and indirect contact with senior management in the United Arab Emirates, according to the charges, and he called Alshahhi a “secret weapon” to promote his foreign policy agenda in America.
Barrack and Grimes are set to be brought to justice Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, the Justice Department said, while Alshahhi has not been arrested. In a court case filed Tuesday requesting Barrack’s detention, prosecutors said that three days after being questioned by federal agents in April 2018, Alshahhi fled the United States and did not return.
A spokesperson for Barrack said he would plead not guilty.
âMr. Barrack made himself available to investigators from the start. He is not guilty and will plead not guilty,â the spokesperson told CNN.
The UAE embassy in Washington did not immediately return a request for comment.
âI nailed it. . . for the home team ‘
The indictment cites several cases of alleged promotion by the defendants of the UAE’s program to the Trump campaign. In May 2016, Barrack inserted language praising the UAE into a campaign speech on US energy policy, then sent a draft speech to Alshahhi to give to UAE officials. united, according to the indictment. In 2016 and 2017, Barrack, Alshahhi and Grimes received talking points from UAE officials for Barrack’s television appearances in which he promoted UAE interests.
After an appearance, Barrack emailed Alshahhi, “I made it … for the home team,” referring not to the United States but to the United Arab Emirates, according to the charges.
After Trump won the 2016 election, the defendants reportedly continued to push UAE interests in the direction of UAE officials. In December 2016, Barrack, Grimes, and Alshahhi attended a meeting with senior United Arab Emirates government officials, where Barrack told them to make a “wish list” of U.S. foreign policy articles for the 100 first days of the incoming presidential administration, as well as for the first six months, year and four years.
According to the charges, Barrack had a dedicated cell phone with a secure messaging app for the purpose of communicating with senior officials in the UAE.
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