The indictment states that the defendant worked under the direction of senior UAE officials to influence the foreign policy positions of a 2016 presidential candidate and those of the subsequent United States government.
Barrack, 74, is charged with acting as a foreign agent between April 2016 and April 2018, obstruction of justice and making false statements during an interview with federal agents on June 20, 2019.
“The defendants repeatedly took advantage of Barrack’s friendships and access to a candidate who was eventually elected president, senior campaign officials and government officials, as well as the US media to promote the goals of an undisclosed foreign government. their true loyalties, “said Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko of the Justice Department’s Division of Homeland Security.
Barrak served as an informal adviser to the Trump campaign between April and November 2016, since January 2017 he was an advisor to government officials on Middle East issues and sought to influence the appointment of a senior government official, including the envoy. especially to the Middle East, according to the indictment.
Barrack and Grimes were arrested today and will be charged during the afternoon in the Central District of California, while Alshahhi is at large.