Trump Inaugural Committee Head Accused of Being UAE Agent


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NEW YORK (AP) – The chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday in California on charges alleging that he and others conspired to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates.

Tom Barrack was among three men charged in New York federal court with trying to influence foreign policy while Trump was running in 2016 and later while he was president.

He was arrested in Southern California.

The 74-year-old Barrack resides in Santa Monica, California. A spokesperson for Barrack said he would plead not guilty.

He was awaiting an initial appearance in California.

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