By Duncan Smith

Donald Trump continues to live rent-free in the heads of the deranged lunatics now fully in charge of the Washington swamp, as evidenced by the latest victim — Billionaire Tom Barrack.

Barrack, 74, who served as chairman of the 2017 inaugural fund, was arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles for allegedly attempting to curry favor with then-President Trump on behalf of the government of the United Arab Emirates.

Zero Hedge adds:

The Indictment also charges Barrack with obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements during a June 20, 2019, interview with federal law enforcement agents.

Barrack and other defendants 'repeatedly capitalized on Barrack's friendships and access to a candidate who was eventually elected President, high-ranking campaign and government officials, and the American media to advance the policy goals of a foreign government without disclosing their true allegiances,' said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko.

The “Justice” Department’s press release notes:

A seven-count indictment was unsealed today in a New York federal court relating to the defendants' unlawful efforts to advance the interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the United States at the direction of senior UAE officials by influencing the foreign policy positions of the campaign of a candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and, subsequently, the foreign policy positions of the U.S. government in the incoming administration, as well as seeking to influence public opinion in favor of UAE interests.

Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California; Matthew Grimes, 27, of Aspen, Colorado; and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, aka Rashid Al Malik and Rashid Al?Malik, 43, a UAE national, are accused of acting and conspiring to act as agents of the UAE between April 2016 and April 2018. The indictment also charges Barrack with obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements during a June 20, 2019, interview with federal law enforcement agents.

'The defendants repeatedly capitalized on Barrack's friendships and access to a candidate who was eventually elected President, high-ranking campaign and government officials, and the American media to advance the policy goals of a foreign government without disclosing their true allegiances,' said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko of the Justice Department's National Security Division. 'The conduct alleged in the indictment is nothing short of a betrayal of those officials in the United States, including the former President. Through this indictment, we are putting everyone — regardless of their wealth or perceived political power — on notice that the Department of Justice will enforce the prohibition of this sort of undisclosed foreign influence.' 

'As alleged, 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, in flagrant violation of their obligation to notify the Attorney General of their activities and in derogation of the American people's right to know when a foreign government seeks to influence the policies of our government and our public opinion,' said Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelin M. Kasulis for the Eastern District of New York. 'These arrests serve as a warning to those who act at the direction of foreign governments without disclosing their actions, as well as those who seek to mislead investigators about their actions, that they will be brought to justice and face the consequences.'

What a load of animal dung — and all while Hunter Biden escapes scrutiny and justice for everything he is alleged to have done — influence-peddling like a boss (anonymous buyers of junk ‘art,’ anyone?); lying on a federal gun form; Ukrainegate; etc.

These people are pushing Americans to the brink, and frankly, they are doing it on purpose.

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