Rachel Maddow, the famous news presenter on MSNBC, said that thanks to Tom Barrack, a former adviser to former US President Donald Trump, the Emiratis, according to the public prosecutor, obtained help inside the United States in a sudden 180-degree turn against a rival country.
She indicated that they turned America against Qatar, even though Washington has a long-term relationship with it and a giant military base there.
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On her show, Rachel continued, “Prosecutors claimed that Tom Barrack, as an insider for this foreign country, got the Trump administration to do it. They got what they wanted. The language Trump spoke during an important campaign speech on the energy sector was a letter that Tom sent. Barak notes on his draft.
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The US Department of Justice announced the arrest of Tom Barrack, a former advisor to former US President Donald Trump, on suspicion of his involvement in activities for the UAE in the United States without notifying the authorities.
She added: “They got help from within the Trump administration, which led to the failure of its plan to hold a summit meeting at Camp David that would include the warring Gulf states.”
And the American broadcaster explained: “The UAE did not want the summit, according to the indictment. They pushed Tom Barak to achieve their goal, and the summit was canceled.”
And she continued: “Repeatedly, they got what they wanted because they have this high-ranking source at the very top of the pyramid in America.
And the US Department of Justice said in a statement that Barack – a billionaire and friend of Trump – is accused of working for the UAE without official notification, and faces 7 charges related to dealing with the UAE between April 2016 and April 2018, and the indictment was brought by federal prosecutors in the Brooklyn area of New York.
And Rachel Maddow continued, “It worked with them and with Tom Barrack. It paid off for him, too. Of course, the New York Times reported that in the three years after Trump’s nomination from the Republican Party for president in the summer of 2016 in the three years after receiving the nomination. The UAE and its close ally Saudi Arabia acted collectively, they put 1.5 billion dollars into his company over three years which is a good number if you can get it.”
At the end of her speech, the announcer pointed out that Tom Barrack was the president of Trump’s inauguration, adding: “A great investment by a foreign power and it seemed like it was a big investment again until the moment he was handcuffed this morning.”
The indictment stated that Barak, 74, and an Emirati businessman did not register themselves on the foreign agent list under the FARA Act, which regulates the work of pressure groups in the United States, and the indictment added that the two men used their influence to serve foreign policy goals. Emirates in the United States.
The list indicated that Barak and two accused – one of whom is an Emirati – worked under the guidance of Emirati officials to influence the 2016 presidential elections, and the ministry indicated that the three had repeatedly benefited from Barak’s relationship with a presidential candidate who eventually reached the presidency, in reference to Trump.
The US Department of Justice added that the arrest and indictment of Barak is a warning message to anyone trying to work for a foreign government without notifying the ministry.
The indictment of the US Department of Justice stated that Emirati businessman Rashid Sultan Al-Shehhi contacted Barak in 2017 about the UAE’s opposition to holding a summit in the US resort of Camp David to resolve the Gulf crisis. Barak had taken it upon himself to persuade Trump not to hold the summit, which was later canceled.
Barrack was arrested in the western city of Los Angeles, and federal prosecutors are seeking to keep him in custody, saying in a court petition that his vast wealth, the presence of private planes at his disposal and his history of international travel indicate a possible escape.
On the other hand, a spokesman for Tom Barrack denied the truth of the accusation against the latter, saying that Barak put himself at the disposal of the investigators from the beginning, and that he is not guilty, and will defend not to commit any legal violation.
It is noteworthy that Tom Barrack was a prominent supporter of the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidencies, and took over the administration of the Trump inauguration committee on January 20, 2017.
Barack, 74, is a longtime Trump ally and founder of the infrastructure-focused digital private investment firm Digital Bridge Group, known as Colony Capital Corporation, before a rebranding was announced in June.
Barak will step down as Digital Bridge’s chief executive officer in 2020.
In April he resigned as CEO of the company, but continued as an independent director. Forbes magazine estimates his fortune at one billion dollars.
A spokesperson for Digital Bridge declined to comment.
Barrack was a prominent supporter of Trump’s successful 2016 election campaign and ran his inaugural committee.
Federal prosecutors are seeking to keep Barak in custody, saying in a court filing that his vast fortune, the presence of private jets at his disposal and his history of international travel indicated a possible escape.
It is noteworthy that the activities of lobby groups on behalf of foreign governments are closely monitored in the United States, which traditionally considers the United Arab Emirates one of its most prominent regional allies.
A number of Trump associates have been indicted for their activities on behalf of foreign governments. Notable among them are Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for the 2016 Republican candidate, and Roger Stone, a former Trump adviser, who were convicted on charges related to allegations of Russian interference in the US presidential election, but were pardoned by Trump at the end of his term.
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