The perils of riding the Trump bandwagon, and possibly lining your pockets along the way:

Tom Barrack, the founder of Colony Capital and a former top Trump fund-raiser, was arrested on charges of acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.…
Barrack and two others are charged with illegal efforts to advance the interests of the UAE in the US at the direction of senior UAE officials. They are alleged to have done so by influencing the foreign policy positions of the 2016 Trump campaign and then the new administration.
The indictment also charges Barrack with obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements during a June 2019 interview with federal law enforcement agents.
A reminder that Barrack's investment funds were heavily dependent on Saudi and UAE $$; he tried brokering a bailout of Jared's 666 Fifth Ave debacle through Qatar; he worked closely with the UAE's ambassador, Yousef al-Otaiba, etc., etc.…
Barrack's relationship with Trump dates back to Trump's ill-fated and ill-advised purchase of the Plaza Hotel in NYC in 1988. Barrack repped the Bass brothers in the sale and Trump wildly overpaid. Inevitably, Trump drove the hotel into bankruptcy. But he and Barrack stayed chums

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