On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice announced the arrest of Tom Barrack, a former adviser to Donald Trump, on suspicion of involvement in UAE activities in the United States, without informing authorities.
A member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Murphy, said the secret payment of money by the UAE to Tom Barrack, who is close to former US President Donald Trump, is a blow to US democracy.
The Democratic senator added during an interview with the US “CNBC” station that the Emirates are obliged to respond to this matter.
Murphy said we now know from reports that Trump’s friend Barack was being paid by the Emirates, and one of their requests was to keep the United States out of the Gulf feud.
However, he said: “The idea that a foreign country could secretly pay a close friend of the president, perhaps without his knowledge, is a blow to the heart of democracy, and I hope Barak spends a long time in will spend in prison.”
“But we also ask the Emiratis some questions: Didn’t they know that Barak was not registered as a foreign agent? Didn’t they tell him to obey the law? I think there are a lot of questions that are not answered yet. “
Yesterday, Tuesday, the US Department of Justice announced the arrest of Tom Barrack, a former adviser to the US President, on suspicion of his involvement in activities for the UAE in the United States, without informing authorities.
The ministry said in a statement that Barack – a billionaire friend of Trump – is accused of working for the UAE without official notice, and faces seven charges in connection with dealing with the UAE between April 2016 and April 2018, and the charges were filed by federal prosecutors in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
The indictment stated that Barak (74 years old) and an Emirates businessman had not registered on the list of foreign agents under the “FARA” law, which regulates the work of pressure groups in the United States, and the indictment added admitted that the two men used their influence to serve the foreign policy goals of the Emirates within the United States.
The list indicated that Barak and two accused – one of whom is an Emirati – worked under the direction of Emirati officials to influence the 2016 presidential election, and the ministry indicated that the three had repeatedly benefited from Barak’s relationship with a presidential candidate. who eventually holds the presidency, in reference to Trump.
The US Justice Department added that Barak’s arrest and indictment is a warning to anyone who tries to work for a foreign government without notifying the Department.
The US Justice Department indictment said Emirati businessman Rashid Sultan Al-Shehhi contacted Barak in 2017 about the UAE’s opposition to holding a summit in the US resort town of Camp David to resolve the Gulf crisis. and Barak had taken it upon himself to convince Trump not to hold the summit, which was later cancelled.
Barack was arrested in the city of Los Angeles (West America), and federal prosecutors are trying to keep him in custody, petitioning the judiciary to say that his vast wealth, the presence of private jets at his disposal and his history from international travel; Indicates the possibility of his escape.
On the other hand, a spokesperson for Tom Barrack denied the truth of the accusation against the latter, saying that Barak has made himself available to investigators from the start, and that he is not guilty and will defend no legal wrongdoing.
It is noteworthy that Tom Barrack was a prominent supporter of the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidencies and took over the administration of Trump’s inauguration committee on January 20, 2017.