It was betrayal of the former president: The businessman Barrack is said to have used his good relations with Trump to advance the interests of the United Arab Emirates. Now he has been arrested.
A close confidante of ex-US President Donald Trump has been charged and arrested for secretly lobbying for a foreign government. In the indictment published on Tuesday, businessman Thomas Barrack is accused of failing to disclose lobbying activities for the United Arab Emirates. Together with two other suspects, the now 74-year-old is said to have influenced Trump’s foreign policy during his presidential election campaign in 2016 and afterwards.
The accused had taken advantage of Barrack’s friendship with Trump and high-ranking employees of his campaign team as well as government officials to advance the political goals of a foreign government without disclosing this, said Justice Secretary Mark Lesko. This behavior is a “betrayal” of the affected representatives of the USA, “including the former president”.
Not the first defendant from Trump’s environment
Barrack, who headed the organizing committee of Trump’s inauguration ceremony, is also accused of obstruction of justice and multiple false statements. A spokesman for the businessman said Barrack was innocent.
Trump himself was not charged. However, the charges against Barrack are the latest in a string of legal proceedings surrounding the ex-president. Earlier this month, the New York judiciary had indicted Trump’s real estate empire Trump Organziation and its chief financial officer of alleged tax fraud.