Thomas Barrack is a private equity investor, a friend of Donald Trump’s, and a former adviser to him.
On Monday, Barrack was arrested.
According to reports, he is being charged with illegally lobbying Trump on behalf of the UAE.
Barrack has since stated that he will plead “not guilty” to the charges.
And So It Begins…
According to the filings, Barrack was taking the direction of senior UAE officials to try to influence the Trump campaign’s foreign policy as well as his administration’s after being elected.
Barrack had never registered as a foreign agent, so the case sounds eerily familiar to the one that put Paul Manafort behind bars.
If the report is accurate, thousands of documents will be presented as evidence against Barrack, including emails, texts, flight records, and social media records.
Prosecutors in the case have stated that the “evidence of [Barrack’s] guilt in this case is overwhelming.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis stated, “As alleged, the defendants, using their positions of power and influence in a presidential election year, engaged in a conspiracy to illegally advance and promote the interests of the United Arab Emirates in this country, in flagrant violation of their obligation to notify the Attorney General of their activities and in derogation of the American people’s right to know when a foreign government seeks to influence the policies of our government and our public opinion.”
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko added, “The conduct alleged in the indictment is nothing short of a betrayal of those officials in the United States, including the former president.”
In addition to Barrack, two other men were also arrested on related charges.
Barrack’s attorney, Matt Herrington, stated, “Tom Barrack made himself voluntarily available to investigators from the outset. He is not guilty and will be pleading not guilty today.”