In today's thread we're taking a deeper dive into the Thomas Barrack indictment.

The charges against Trump's former best friend are much more serious than a little foreign lobbying. Even the public evidence of Barrack's involvement with the UAE is pretty conclusive
(2) What Barrack is being charged with isn't JUST acting as a foreign agent on behalf of the UAE. It's also that he obstructed justice and lied to investigators.

With Trump in the White House, US foreign policy was for sale and Barrack wanted a cut.…
(3) By the time Trump stumbled into the presidency with Barrack as his inaugration campaign chair, Barrack was on shaky footing financially and was looking for a quick fix.

His position of influence with Trump was an easy ace in the hole.…
(4) Barrack fell back on a longstanding relationship with both the UAE and their close allies, the Saudis. At first it was just a little here & there.

Giving them copies of Trump's speeches to review and edit to be more friendly to the UAE's interests.…
(5) Things got serious quickly as Barrack was pressured to do more, including providing sensitive info to UAE officials through an encrypted app.

At one point It appears Barrack may have been instrumental in getting the administration to cancel a summit…
(6) Perhaps the most detrimental actions came as part of Barrack's position of influence with Trump and his ability to use that to gain a media platform for Saudi and UAE propaganda campaigns.

Especially those regarding the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.…
(7) Bloomberg and others became friendly channels for Barrack to push talking points from the UAE.

In total he gave as many as six interviews that focused on promoting the interests of his clients and the mainstream media ate it up with a spoon.…
(8) It's hard to tell if the subsequent falling out between Barrack and his bestie had anything to do with the fact that Trump knew charges were possible or if he was simply mad he didn't get a cut of Barrack's payout for influence peddling.…
(9) Regardless, this indictment appears to have been in the works for some time and was potentially delayed by prosecutors who knew AG Barr would not green light charges.

Today's DOJ feels confident about proceeding given the evidence.…
(10) Interestingly, prosecutors may have also sat on charges regarding Guiliani under Barr's DOJ for similar reasons.

At this point, it's worth asking if there was anyone in Trump's inner circle that wasn't acting as a foreign agent.…
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