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 TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report 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.

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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) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election before being referred to the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

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