DOJ/TRUMP PEOPLE/UAE: “Tom Barrack, who chaired former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee, was arrested Tuesday [July 20, 2021] on charges that he unlawfully influenced the foreign policy positions of the campaign and administration to advance the interests of the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Justice said…

Barrack, a longtime Trump friend, used that friendship to get language inserted into the then-candidate’s energy speech in 2016 about the importance of working with ‘our Gulf allies’ at the behest of Emirati officials, the indictment said. After the election, and while he was chair of Trump’s inaugural committee, Barrack was asked by the officials for information on Trump’s picks to lead the Department of State, the CIA and the Department of Defense, the filing said.”

-Pete Williams, Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein, and Dareh Gregorian, “Tom Barrack, Trump’s inaugural committee chair, charged with acting as agent of UAE,” nbcnews.com, July 20, 2020