The chairman of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund
has been arrested on federal charges for illegally lobbying on behalf of
the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.
Barrack, 74, faces charges of foreign lobbying, obstructing justice,
and making false statements, according to the DOJ. Two others—Aspen
resident Matthew Grimes, 27, and UAE national Rashid Sultan Rashid Al
Malik Alshahhi, 43—also face foreign lobbying charges.
defendants repeatedly capitalized on Barrack’s friendships and access to
a candidate who was eventually elected President, high-ranking campaign
and government officials, and the American media to advance the policy
goals of a foreign government without disclosing their true
allegiances,” said acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko of the
Justice Department’s National Security Division.