After his 6/20/19 interview, Barrack’s spokesman said that "Barrack’s lawyer had again contacted the prosecutors’ office and 'confirmed they have no further questions for Mr. Barrack.'"
Didn't hold up well.…
"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..."…
Spokesman for Barrack: “Mr. Barrack has made himself voluntarily available to investigators from the outset. He is not guilty and will be pleading not guilty.”
While Barrack ran Trump's inaugural committee, tech CEO Andy Khawaja gave it $1 million. Khawaja was later charged with $3.5 million to Clinton's campaign that came from UAE. The inaugural donation likely also came from them. But not clear Barrack knew.…
Barrack was charged with acting as an agent of a foreign state without notifying the attorney general under 18 U.S.C. §951. That's what Maria Butina was charged with. And Barrack allegedly did a lot more for UAE than Butina did for Russia. If she was a spy, he's an alleged spy.
Isn't this intelligence gathering/carrying out instructions?
Barrack sought UAE help getting made Special Envoy to the Middle East or ambassador to the UAE, by noting his appointment would "give Abu Dhabi more power."…
There is a glaring absence of references to money in the Barrack indictment. Prosecutors don't mention it, but while he was allegedly acting as an agent for UAE, Barrack's firm got close to $2 billion from UAE and KSA, the Times reported in 2019.…
I should have wrote.$1.5 billion, not "close to $2 billion," Regardless, if prosectors could show Barrack acted for $, you'd think they'd say it. Failure to mention seems to suggest a weakness in their case, though the statute at issue is pretty vague.
In June 2017, the UAE and KSA planned "to invade and essentially conquer Qatar." They wanted a US okay to launch a war of aggression.… They were dissuaded by Mattis and Tillerson. Is this the Emirati "plan" Barrack was "so ready!" to help them push?

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