“Thomas Joseph Barrack, Matthew Grimes, Rashid al-Malik, a citizen of the UAE, are accused of conspiring to act and acting as agents of the UAE from April 2016 to April 2018. Barrack is also charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal law enforcement officers during an interrogation on June 20, 2019,” the release on the website of the US Department of Justice says.
According to the release, the defendants also neglected their duty to notify the Prosecutor General about their activities.
It is reported that in December 2016, Barrack met with UAE officials and invited them to compile a list of foreign policy issues in which they would like to involve the Trump administration.
According to the Ministry of Justice, since 2017, Barrack has informally advised representatives of the US government on issues related to Washington’s foreign policy in the Middle East. The chairman of the inaugural committee also agreed to support the candidacy for the post of US Ambassador to the UAE, which was approved by high-ranking officials in the Emirates.
According to the agency, in 2017, Barrack advised Trump not to hold a summit at Camp David dedicated to the conflict between Qatar, the UAE and other countries in the Middle East, since the UAE was against the summit. The event never took place. It is noted that Barrack and Grimes also purchased a smartphone with a secure application for exchanging messages with officials from the UAE.