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Wed Jul 21, 2021, 10:47 AM

From "DOJ News", re Barrack Arrest...

Former Advisor to Presidential Candidate Among Three Defendants Charged with Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government
Defendants Allegedly Acted and Conspired to Act at the Direction of Senior United Arab Emirates Officials to Influence a Presidential Campaign, Public Opinion and the U.S. Government





“As alleged, the defendants, using their positions of power and influence in a presidential election year, engaged in a conspiracy to illegally advance and promote the interests of the United Arab Emirates in this country, in flagrant violation of their obligation to notify the Attorney General of their activities and in derogation of the American people’s right to know when a foreign government seeks to influence the policies of our government and our public opinion,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelin M. Kasulis for the Eastern District of New York. “These arrests serve as a warning to those who act at the direction of foreign governments without disclosing their actions, as well as those who seek to mislead investigators about their actions, that they will be brought to justice and face the consequences.”

“Today’s indictment confirms the FBI’s unwavering commitment to rooting out those individuals who think they can manipulate the system to the detriment of the United States and the American people,” said Assistant Director Calvin Shivers of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division. "Barrack is alleged to have abused his access to government officials to illegally advance the interests of foreign governments. The FBI stands in concert with our external partners to ensure all who seek to wield illegal influence are charged for their crimes.”

“American citizens have a right to know when foreign governments, or their agents, are attempting to exert influence on our government,” said Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office. “This is especially important to Americans during a presidential election year, and the laws on the books were created to protect our nation from such untoward influence. This case is about secret attempts to influence our highest officials, and when that corrupt behavior was discovered, we allege Mr. Barrack went even further, obstructing and lying to FBI special agents. In case it needs repeating, each of those bad choices is a federal felony, and each now comes with significant consequences – the first being today’s indictment.”

According to court documents, between April and November 2016, Barrack served as an informal advisor to the campaign of the candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Between November 2016 and January 2017, Barrack served as Chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Beginning in January 2017, Barrack informally advised senior U.S. government officials on issues related to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Barrack also sought appointment to a senior role in the U.S. government, including the role of Special Envoy to the Middle East. Barrack served as the Executive Chairman of a global investment management firm headquartered in Los Angeles, and Grimes was employed at the firm and reported directly to Barrack. During the relevant time period, Alshahhi worked as an agent of the UAE and was in frequent contact with Barrack and Grimes, including numerous in-person meetings in the United States and the UAE.


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"In furtherance of the alleged criminal conspiracy and conduct, Barrack and Grimes, with the assistance of Alshahhi, acquired a dedicated cellular telephone and installed a secure messaging application to facilitate Barrack’s communications with senior UAE officials.


https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-advisor-presidential-candidate-among-three-defendants-charged-acting-agents-foreign



Much more at link.

These clowns were using a dedicated cellphone with special encryption as a backchannel.

I wonder who had the ones used for communicating with the Russian spies, and if the DOJ already has all the evidence needed for more arrests/charges?

The Trump administration dwarfs the plot of any of the best spy novels.





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orangecrush Wednesday OP
lagomorph777 Wednesday #1
orangecrush Wednesday #4
lagomorph777 Wednesday #5
babylonsister Wednesday #2
orangecrush Wednesday #6
gratuitous Wednesday #3
orangecrush Wednesday #9
malaise Wednesday #7
orangecrush Wednesday #11
Leghorn21 Wednesday #8
orangecrush Wednesday #10
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orangecrush Wednesday #21
csziggy Wednesday #12
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Captain Zero Wednesday #16
orangecrush Wednesday #26
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TheBlackAdder Wednesday #17
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orangecrush Wednesday #25

Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:04 AM

1. Holy Moly - That's the strongest DOJ statement I've seen in years.

Nail this asshole to the wall.

Turd's house of cards is beginning to tumble. Huge swaths of the Reptilian Party will be swept up in the largest foreign influence scandal in US history.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:10 AM

4. I'm guessing




That what is actually going on is a massive counterintelligence operation.

These can, and in fact have, gone on for decades, much of which is so secret the public never sees much of it.

I think we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

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Response to orangecrush (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:10 AM

5. Yup!

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:07 AM

2. Flynn admitted to being an agent of a foreign government, Turkey specifically, but...

he had Russian contacts, too.


https://www.vox.com/world/2017/3/9/14868680/trump-adviser-michael-flynn-foreign-agent-turkey-lobby



Disgraced Trump adviser Mike Flynn admits he worked as a “foreign agent” for the Turkish government
It turns out Flynn’s ties to foreign governments don’t stop at Russia.
By Jennifer [email protected][email protected] Mar 9, 2017, 4:30pm EST


Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February after lying about his contacts with the Russian government, has formally registered with the Justice Department as a “foreign agent” and admitted that he had lobbied on behalf of the Turkish government as recently as November 2016.

more...

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:11 AM

6. TFG can't pardon them anymore



I expect much singing.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:08 AM

3. Good; we need to hold these people accountable for their crimes

Keep after them, DOJ.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:28 AM

9. DOJ assisted by the entire intelligence community




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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:13 AM

7. Back your dictators and then milk them for millions

and even billions. Lock them up!

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Response to malaise (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:31 AM

11. They are going down



This is still America.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:27 AM

8. Thanks for posting this, orange

Barrack's arrest is 100% the greatest piece of news EVER!!! I'm still screaming with joy this morning!!

A number of my friends have no idea who he is, but that's okay - this story will be evolving as days go by as more AND MORE is revealed

And also, does anyone know where Tom Barrack and his little go-fer spent last night??

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:30 AM

10. Very welcome!



Um, let me guess... the slammer?


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Response to orangecrush (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:55 AM

13. Ding ding ding!! Jail for now, PRISON for later!

Now, this young Grimes fellow started doing his thang for Barrack when he was 22 --- so the kid knows some STUFF, right?! -- and I should think that as a young man, he has *p l e n t y* to trade on for a reduced sentence, non? YEP

Buh bye, Tommy-boy!!

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:46 PM

21. ....




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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:46 AM

12. The three charged

From the link in the OP:

Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California; Matthew Grimes, 27, of Aspen, Colorado; and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, aka Rashid Al Malik and Rashid Al‑Malik, 43, a UAE national, are accused of acting and conspiring to act as agents of the UAE between April 2016 and April 2018. The indictment also charges Barrack with obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements during a June 20, 2019, interview with federal law enforcement agents.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:05 PM

14. This is a big get for the DOJ,

maybe Jared next?

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Response to Corgigal (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:30 PM

16. Quid pro Quo, baby.

Which of Trump's actions were the Quo? Barrack might spill if he doesn't want to die in prison.

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Response to Corgigal (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 05:04 PM

26. That would be logical



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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:24 PM

15. tRUMP tower meeting with Junior....NT

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:33 PM

17. How many MAGAts will think this is about Pres. Obama?

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:48 PM

23. More than one




No doubt



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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:38 PM

18. Didn't Chump try to hire Tom Barrack for one of his Cabinet Secretaries?

I seem to recall that Barrack could have had about any post he wanted, but he turned them down.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:41 PM

19. "Look, honey! They FINALLY arrested Barack!"

"No, dear. That's Trump bundler Thomas Barrack."


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Response to peppertree (Reply #19)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:47 PM

22. ....









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Response to orangecrush (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 01:47 PM

24. Why, thank you.

They make it so easy.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:46 PM

20. Would have loved to see him marched out in cuffs.....

The GQP has lost ALL moral authority about anything to do with this country, its culture, and how its government functions. They are FUCKING TRAITORS with no allegiance to "the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands - One nation UNDER GOD, with liberty and justice for ALL."

FUCK THEM, EACH AND EVERY ONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "....and I want to say that officially."

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Response to Sogo (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 02:06 PM

25. THE MOLE




Has been brought down.

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