Federal prosecutors examining Trump friend's role in foreign lobbying: report

Federal prosecutors examining Trump friend's role in foreign lobbying: report
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Federal prosecutors are investigating the role of Thomas Barrack, a top campaign fundraiser and close friend of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE, and his connections to the foreign lobby, the New York Times reported Sunday. 

Barrack has been investigated for potentially violating the law requiring people who try to influence American policy or opinion at the direction of foreign governments or entities to disclose their activities to the Justice Department, people familiar with the case told the Times.

He was reportedly interviewed last month by prosecutors in the public integrity unit of the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn.


Barrack’s spokesman, Owen Blicksilver, told the Times that Barrack's lawyer contacted the prosecutors’ office again and “confirmed they have no further questions for Mr. Barrack.”

Barrack has not been accused of wrongdoing, according to the Times.

Among the interactions reportedly investigated include Barrack coordinating the language in a draft of a speech on energy given by Trump with contacts including Rashid al-Malik, an Emirati businessman who is close to the rulers of the United Arab Emirates.

Barrack's aides told the Times that he acted as an independent intermediary between Persian Gulf leaders and the Trump campaign and administration, never on behalf of any foreign official or entity.

Questions about Barrack complying with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) arose during former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election before being referred to the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

Three former Trump campaign aides charged by Mueller acknowledged violating FARA in their guilty pleas: Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Juan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? Nadler seeks interviews with DOJ prosecutors that left Stone case MORE, Rick GatesRick GatesJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Stone faces sentencing amid political firestorm DC attorney general sues inaugural committee over funds spent on Trump property MORE and Michael Flynn.