Tom Barrack: Who is the ex-Trump adviser indicted on foreign lobbying charges


A Southern California businessman and a former chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, Barrack is charged in a seven-count indictment with acting as an agent of the United Arab Emirates between April 2016 and April 2018. He is also charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal law enforcement agents.

A spokesperson for Barrack has said he will plead not guilty to the charges. A judge ordered him detained following an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

But Barrack’s relationship with Trump began long before the former President ran for office or found reality-television fame.

“Tom was there when Donald was getting his a– kicked in the ’80s and ’90s,” Gary Winnick, a close friend to Trump and Barrack, once told CNN. “I don’t think Donald has ever forgotten that.”

Born to immigrants who owned a Lebanese grocery store, Barrack made his fortune in distressed assets, or what he saw as low-risk, high-reward properties…

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