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Trump friend charged with illegal lobbying


Thomas Barrack Jr. talks to a reporter in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City in 2017. Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci (file)

Trump friend charged with illegal lobbying

Special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. But after his investigation concluded in 2019, the Justice Department launched an inquiry into the chief fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Thomas J. Barrack Jr. raised more than $107 million for the inaugural fund. He was arrested on Tuesday on charges of conspiring to influence Trump’s foreign policy during his campaign and early presidency on behalf of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. A spokesperson said Barrack would plead not guilty.

What are the charges? Federal law requires lobbyists to report their activities to the Justice Department when they work on behalf of foreign governments, political parties, or policy groups. The indictment alleges Barrack shared confidential information with UAE officials and arranged secret meetings between them and individuals in the Trump administration. He also faces charges of obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents in June 2019.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report on the peace deal between Israel and UAE brokered by the Trump administration.

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NEWS2ME

Just like when they went after Palin. Will this even stop when the 2024 election is finished?

Salty1

The real truth is that the left will try to destroy anyone associated with Trump. There is definitely a two tiered justice system in America where Biden’s son paints pictures where hundreds of thousands if not millions roll in and nobody bats an eye. Biden’s son also left a computer full of information showing the illegal solicitation of money by foreign governments and the FBI refuses to investigate. All this corruption is ignored but a Trump associate has a very rigid standard applied to him where they literally send him to prison for legally debatable activities.

Big JimSalty1

I agree Salty1. Contrast how the head of the Trump Organization was treated as opposed to Kevin Clinesmith, the FBI lawyer who altered the content (and meaning) of an email in order to secure a FISA warrant against Carter Page, thus kicking the Trump/Russia investigation into high gear. The head of the Trump Organization is facing felony charges and jail time for allegedly not paying taxes on corporate perks. In contrast, Clinesmith got probation and a small fine.

I think it was one of Stalin's henchmen that said "show me the man and I'll show you the crime." The way Democrats are weaponizing the justice system in America is appalling.