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Top Donald Trump ally arrested.

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Tom Barrack, 74, a billionare from Santa Monica, California, and a huge ally of ex-US President Donald Trump was arrested for being a United Arab Emirates (UAE) agent and conspired to influence US policy for the benefit of UAE. He held the chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee.

He was among three men arrested for being a foreign agent and attempting to influence US policy during Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. All men were charged in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. The two others are Matthew Grimes, 27, from Aspen, Colorado and Rashid al Malik, 43, from United Arab Emirates.

Tom Barrack was also charged with making multiple false statements during an interview in June 2019, and also for obstruction of justice.

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.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko.

During Donald Trump’s campaign, Mr. Barrack promoted UAE foreign policy interests and provided UAE officials with sensitive information within the Trump administration – including what they think the Middle East and the UAE.

Mr. Barrack and Grimes made a court appearance on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles. US Magistrate Judge Patricia Donahue agreed to continue the hearing next Monday. Until the next hearing, both will be detained. Barrack is considered a flight risk since he is very wealthy and a very powerful individual with deep ties with the UAE, and the chances that he will flee are high.

Prosecutors that are seeking for Tom Barracks’s detention also said:

Worse, in his communications with Al Malik, the defendant framed his efforts to obtain an official position within the Administration as one that would enable him to further advance the interests of the UAE, rather than the interests of the United States.


Authorities said that Tom Barrack inserted language praising the UAE in Donald Trump’s campaign speech in May 2016.

Similarly, throughout 2016 and 2017, the defendants sought and received direction and feedback, including talking points, from senior UAE officials in connection with national press appearances Barrack used to promote the interests of the UAE.


After Tom Barrack made an appearance where he praised UAE he said later on in an email to al Malik, saying: “I nailed it. . . for the home team.’

According to a spokesman, Tom Barrack will not plead guilty. More details to follow.

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