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Thomas Barrack, head of Trump’s inaugural commission, accused of being UAE agent

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NEW YORK: The chairman of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural commission was arrested Tuesday on charges that he and others colluded to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions in favor of the United Arab Emirates.
Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California, was one of three men charged in New York federal court with attempting to influence foreign policy while Trump was president in 2016 and later.
Matthew Herrington, a lawyer for Barrack, did not immediately email back asking for comment. Barrack was due to appear in a first appearance in federal court in Southern California.
Barrack was charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements during a June 20, 2019 interview with federal law enforcement officers. The charges were brought in Brooklyn.
“The defendants have repeatedly taken advantage of Barrack’s friendships and access to a eventually elected president, senior campaign and government officials, and the U.S. media to further the policy goals of a foreign government without revealing their true loyalties,” the acting aide said. -lawyer. General Mark Lesko said in a release.
Lesko described the alleged behavior as “nothing short of betrayal of those officials in the United States, including the former president.”
“Through this indictment, we are letting everyone — regardless of their wealth or perceived political power — know that the Justice Department will uphold the ban on this kind of covert foreign influence,” the statement said.

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