Tom Barrack - Former Advisor to Presidential Candidate Among Three Defendants Charged with Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government -UPDATED-x3 detention motion

Defendants Allegedly Acted and Conspired to Act at the Direction of Senior United Arab Emirates Officials to Influence a Presidential Campaign, Public Opinion and the U.S. Government. HELL YES

The COB update is below the fold and boy did I do some digging —like SEC digging

In the newly unsealed seven-count indictment —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. Indictment 42 pages of HELL YES FINALLY 1

“… 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”

Charges and Penalty

If convicted on all seven Counts Barrack’s combined maximum sentence could (emphasis on could) be 70 years.

Also am I the only one who noticed that the USAO-EDNY literally screaming - I don’t know why but their tweet should be rated the most underrated tweet of 2021. The fact it’s in ALL CAPS <—I approve because they didn’t over do it with a grotesque amount of emojis or booms like small booms, medium booms and all the booms. Okay I have to stop because I shouldn’t be this snarky…

Colony NorthStar Inc., IS Company A

I wonder how worried Elliot Broidy is this fine Tuesday Afternoon

I also wonder how freaked out (disgraced) Mike Flynn and Jared Kushner are because my retort: MARSHALL PLAN and it would probably be a good idea to overlay today’s indictment over this House OverSight Mike-Flynn-Timeline (you’ll thank me later) and then make sure to read this December 6, 2017 House Oversight ranking member (RIP Rep Cummings) letter to Trey Gowdy - also see this December 2017 FACT SHEET: Conducting Parallel Congressional and Criminal Investigations Because if I’m Mike Flynn I’d be terrified.

the defendants used Barrack’s status as a senior outside advisor to the campaign and, subsequently, to senior U.S. government officials, to advance the interests of and provide intelligence to the UAE while simultaneously failing to notify the Attorney General that their actions were taken at the direction of senior UAE officials. Barrack – directly and through Alshahhi and Grimes – was regularly and repeatedly in contact with the senior leadership of the UAE government. On multiple occasions, Barrack referred to Alshahhi as the UAE’s “secret weapon” to advance its foreign policy agenda in the United States.

Media Appearances you say?

pity all those Twitter threads are gone - but are they really gone?

I’m just going to leave this right here - because much to my surprise not all of my previous Twitter research is gone. Click that link and it will unroll a pretty long forgotten thread

“FTR back in late January 2020  @AGKarlRacine sued the Trump Inauguration 
on Nov 17th Tom Barrack was also deposed -“

Barrack, Alshahhi and Grimes allegedly took numerous steps in the United States to advance the interests of the UAE. For example, in May 2016, Barrack inserted language praising the UAE into a campaign speech to be delivered by the candidate about U.S. energy policy in May 2016 and emailed an advance draft of the speech to Alshahhi for delivery to senior UAE officials.

Similarly, throughout 2016 and 2017, the defendants sought and received direction and feedback, including talking points, from senior UAE officials in connection with national press appearances Barrack used to promote the interests of the UAE. After one appearance in which Barrack repeatedly praised the UAE, Barrack emailed Alshahhi, “I nailed it. . . for the home team,” referring to the UAE. Barrack and Grimes also solicited direction from senior UAE officials in advance of the publication of an op-ed authored by Barrack and published in a national magazine in October 2016 and removed certain language at the direction of senior UAE officials, as relayed by Alshahh

Pages and pages of actual DOJ receipts - just give me your “wish list” I’ll get it to the boss and everything will be fine - but first I’ll need a little down payment of good faith..

Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the defendants repeatedly acted at the direction of UAE officials to influence the foreign policy positions of the incoming administration in favor of UAE interests. For example, in December 2016, Barrack attended a meeting with Grimes, Alshahhi and senior UAE government officials, during which he advised them to create a “wish list” of U.S. foreign policy items that the UAE wanted accomplished in the first 100 days, six months, year and four years of the incoming administration of the U.S. President-elect.

March 2017, Barrack and his co-defendants agreed to promote the candidacy of an individual favored by senior UAE officials for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the UAE. In May 2017, Barrack agreed to provide Alshahhi with non-public information about the views and reactions of senior U.S. government officials following a White House meeting between senior U.S. officials and senior UAE officials.

LOLs Encrypted Messages…

This is like everything we’ve ever wanted. Like kitten, puppies, unicorns, rainbows and a banana split sundae wrapped up into a 46 page Indictment

HELL. FORKING. YES. For the record I have to get back to work but after COB imma gonna crack this wide open because there’s so much here and I only had time for a quick cursory glance because I’m late for my 3:45 PM conference call. How dare my J-O-B get in the way of this goodness

Wait…there’s more Barrack lied to the FBI

On June 20, 2019, Barrack voluntarily met with FBI special agents. During the interview, Barrack allegedly made numerous false statements, including falsely denying that Alshahhi had ever requested that he take any actions on behalf of the UAE.

Barrack and Grimes were arrested this morning and are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in the Central District of California. Alshahhi remains at large.

Again here’s the link to the 42 page Indictment 2

Updated July 20, 2021 6:45PM DC Local Time

As I previously mentioned I only published a preliminary review of the newly unsealed indictment but said I would likely pick this back up after COB. Well let’s go ahead and do this. As per my usual SOP I will provide you with original documents, archived links etc. First a brief biography of each Defendant, I think it’s important that you have a concise background on each defendant, before we dive deeper into the indictment. Also (sorry for yelling) OMFG PEOPLE you are focusing on the wrong portions of the indictment -yes FARA is bad but 18 U.S.C. §1001 and 18 U.S.C. §1512 WAY like by 100K miles way way words. Although I do think in the coming months we will see FARA’s more brutal sister enter the fora - FBAR 31 CFR § 1010.350 - Reports of foreign financial accounts - much more on that below

Defendant Matthew Grimes 

According to this 2011 Business Wire Press Release (also archived don’t be that jerk that overwrites my archive because no one had archived this press release 3)

“His experience in business development in the West Coast area and his existing network of referral sources in the area will enhance First Capital’s position as a major lender to the Western Region.”

According to this 2020 SEC Filing (I uploaded the highlighted and annotated Oct 2020 SEC registration to my Scribd Account) for Falcon Peak Partners via

Matthew Grimes, has been our President and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions since September 2020. Since August, 2020, Mr. Grimes has been the Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Falcon Peak Partners, LLC (“Falcon Peak”) the private investment vehicle of Mr. Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. that invests capital across distressedassets, financial services, sports, media & entertainment, corporate private equity, real assets, and real estate related operating companies, where he leads the company’s day-to-day activities and mergers & acquisitions.

Prior to joining Falcon Peak, from June, 2012 to August, 2020, Mr. Grimes worked for Colony Capital (NYSE:CLNY),where he became a Managing Director in January 2019, a publicly listed alternative investment management firm, where he was the youngest Managing Director in the firm’s history and he acted as the deputy to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Grimes received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Grimes signed this 2020 SEC Registration Filing - again you can access the SEC filing via or pull it down from my Scribd link —like I said he was a signatory to the registration statement because I don’t make assertions that I can’t immediate back up with receipts

Defendant Tom Barrack Jr

Also Barrack’s biography was listed under the March 21, 2021 SEC Filing (see Scribd link) - which reads in part (and this is important because if you viewed the September 2020 SEC Falcon Registration and cross reference with the March 2021 SEC Filing —there are some notable “amendments” namely Barrack:

See page 9 of March 2021 SEC filing - notice the addition?

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. has been the Chairman of our Board of Directors since January, 2021. Mr. Barrack is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Colony Capital, Inc. (“Colony Capital”). Prior to founding Colony Capital in 1991, Mr. Barrack was a Principal with the Robert M. Bass Group, the principal investment vehicle of Mr. Robert M. Bass. Prior to joining the Robert M. Bass Group, Mr. Barrack served in the Reagan administration as Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of the Interior. From June 2010 to February 2020, Mr. Barrack served on the board of directors of First Republic Bank, a full service bank and wealth management firm.

Page 198 of March 2021 SEC filing4

From January 2016 through June 2017, Mr. Barrack served as co-chairman of the board of trustees of Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR), a leading single-family rental real estate investment trust. From January 2014 to May 2016, Mr.Barrack served on the board of directors of Carrefour S.A., a French multinational retailer. From January 2006 toApril 2013, Mr. Barrack served on the public board of directors of Accor, S.A., a major global hotel group listed on Euronext Paris. Mr. Barrack has also served on the public board of Challenger Financial Services Group Limited, a diversified financial services organization listed on the Australian Securities Exchange from November 2007 to October 2010.

From August 1994 to September 2007, Mr. Barrack served on the board of Continental Airlines, Inc., one of the largest passenger airlines in the United States, including as a member of its Corporate Governance Committee, Executive Committee and Human Resources Committee. In 2010 French president Nicolas Sarkozy awarded him France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. Mr. Barrack received a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 from the University of Southern California. He attended law school at the University of San Diego and the University of Southern California, where he was an editor of the law review, and received a Juris Doctor in 1972 from the University of San Diego. Mr. Barrack is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from Pepperdine University and a Trustee at the University of Southern California.

Defendant Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi

He’s a ghost and there’s not much public info on him -so I’m not going to pontificate on him beyond he’s a fugitive

Deeper Indictment Dive

Tom Barrack was given a “secure” UAE bat phone —okay not a bat phone but I think you get the gist of what I’m trying to say. Based on a closer reading of the indictment —the Government has Barrack dead to rights. This is actually substantiated by the prolific use of direct quotes, delineation between a SMS, iMessage and “encrypted messaging App”

Trump appointing Barrack would "give Abu Dhabi more power!"

Barrack later told a UAE official - prosecutors later allege that Barrack was vying for Ambassador to Mexico, or a Special Envoy to the Middle East (see the EDNY Letter/Motion regarding Detention NEW facts proffered). Generally speaking the amount of actual receipts prosecutors have is off the chain. Again if a prosecutor’s case is largely on paper (which can include electronic communications) it is hard to defend that. I’m certain Barrak will hire the best lawyer his money can buy, but thus far I counted over 39+ attributable quotes from Defendant Barrack and Grimes.

pages upon pages of communications via text, email and phone records…

Enjoy your prerequisite multimedia presentation —kind of thought this was apropos given Barrack was tapped to introduce Donald J Trump at the 2016 RNC National Convention —sorry NOT at all -Sorry

Now where was I with respect to the indictment - ahh yes - Barrack also obstructed a GRAND JURY and I genuinely wish people would read the whole indictment because the Foreign Agent counts are bad but pale in comparison to the numerous counts of 18 U.S.C. §1001 and the DOJ has that portion of the case with plenty of documents- paper cases are really hard to defend —unless some how you convince a court to throw out the evidentiary papyrus. Because Count Three explicitly states Defendant Barrack obstructed a Grand Jury 18 U.S.C. §1512

I mean it’s one thing to obstruct a Grand Jury but the to be that audacious to double (possibly quadruple) down and then without skipping a beat you repeatedly lie to the FBI. I personally find saying the truth is much easier because once you lie, you have to lie to cover up the lies. And it’s exhausting trying to keep the lies straight. Hence always tell the truth. Take a moment and think about this… this is the kind of people Donald J Trump surrounded himself with. Very rich individuals who acted as as if they were above the law.

As to Count Five - again Defendant Barrack is screwed not just a little but but by a long bit because the Government has the goods to prove he repeatedly lied, made numerous misrepresentations. It’s not a slip of the tongue —agents asked him about his communications with UAE individuals but the point is Barrack also influenced our County’s Foreign Policy Doctrine.

At some point I think we are going to know about FARA’s more brutal sister FBAR yes I’m saying that correctly I think in the coming months we are also going to learn that Barrack likely violated FBAR - you can read more about FBAR via this IRS-FBAR Guide also see FBAR 31 CFR § 1010.350 - Reports of foreign financial accounts

Look at the dates on each count

This is how you know that Barrack repeatedly lied to the FBI —he told agents he never had any communication with any UAE Official. The truth is Barrack had “acquired” a secure mobile telephone and had extensive communications.

US Person 1

As elucidated in Count Seven - Barrack falsely told the FBI he played no part in coordinating a meeting with Emirati Official 1 and he never talked to Person 1 about aforementioned meeting. Turns out that the FBI also obtained evidence that Barrack lied, again. My front runners of Person 1’s identify Elliot Broidy and/or Mike Flynn…Jared Kushner is a bit of a reach but it’s possible. For now those are my three quasi-educated guesses

Pocket Pardon and Barrack

Look there’s a lot of chatter about Trump’s purported Pocket Pardon(s) so unless these individuals have Donald J Trump or his inner circle of trust on speed dial —I would urge caution believing this because again (sorry for yelling)

NO-ONE REALLY KNOWS and if someone says they do, tag me in

Because apparently facts come secondary to common sense and rational thinking? I mean asking the question is perfectly fine. But tweeting/posting like you know —please most should be aware if your being emotionally manipulated by the “XYZ is a white knight to save us” you are being played and manipulated. The crew doing this has no connection whatsoever to “our intelligence community” their recent legal takes decidedly taken a sharp turn to dumb-a-landia and they are the preeminent subject matter expert. Well I should be far more charitable and say yes of course sweetie you're a subject matter expert on how to fake it until you make it.

Unless these oracles of the supposed “justice league” can give you an exact data and time Trump granted Barrack a “pocket pardon”— I’d highly recommend that you stop polluting your own brain with that clickbait-lollapalooza nonsense, forthwith. The ‘secret pardons’ actually hasn’t been fully litigated and let’s assume arguendo that Trump gave “secret pardons” on his way out the door —I would bet my beach home that the Biden DOJ would absolute litigate and challenge the validity of a “secret pardon” or at the minimum I would expect they would.

As the constitution prescribes - because clickbait theories are for those lacking in both substance and style. And yes I know. The irony is not lost on me, given my writing style is plagued with typos. (gasping clutching my pearls - oh the horror) Spoiler is that your best criticism? Come on at least step up and proffer a minimal intellectual substantive criticism… oh not. Any way back to what the Constitution States and various legally binding precedence(s) because this is important

Article II, Section 2, Clause 1:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

But most overlook this important precedence and I genuinely believe it’s relevant to the current “chatter”

“The President cannot pardon by anticipation, or he would be invested with the power to dispense with the laws, King James II's claim to which was the principal cause of his forced abdication…”

Read this citation VERY carefully & closely

F. Maitland, Constitutional History of England 302–306 (W.S. Hein 2006) (1908); 1 Ops. Atty. Gen. 342 (1820). That is, the pardon may not be in anticipation of the commission of the offense. A pardon may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment. Ex parte Garland, 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 333, 380 (1867), as indeed President Ford’s pardon of former President Nixon preceded institution of any action. On the Nixon pardon controversy, see Pardon of Richard M. Nixon and Related Matters: Hearings Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, 93d Congress, 2d Sess. (1974)

. -you can read more about the power to pardon via this Congressional Link regarding our Constitution and Pardon Power also let’s not forget about the last remaining days in hell—aka Trump isolated in the White House double fisting ores & big backs in his fugly pie hole.

And with that I believe I’ve delivered on my promise to provide my readers with a more fulsome discussion concerning today’s indictment —feel free to ask any questions in the comment section and I’ll do my best to provide you a factual answer with documents to substantiate said answer, but for the love of my soul stop listening to QANON-for-the-Left - the majority of the time they don’t give you a factual answer and if you don’t even know the elements of “wire fraud” maybe you should get a real job and stop making a complete ass of yourself. Because you’ve moved on from Anti-Asian Hate to anti-Semitismt to the most laughable worst legal takes that even “bad legal takes” called you out. My God get a job and lay off the Tito’s and Ritalin because you sound increasingly unhinged and not mentally well…

Update # 3 Warrants - I’ll bet you warrants for Barracks’ communications

Because of the amount of direct quotes, especially for Defendants Grimes and Barrack included in the Indictment —this is really bad news. The prolific use of direct quotes, exact time/date stamps, this tells me that Thomas Barrack was likely a subject of a Title III warrant and possibly a FISC warrant —also Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi again is considered a fugitive. The fact that Barrack has access to immense wealth and large contingency of family is still in Lebanon, of which we do NOT have a MLAT with —I’ll bet you that Prosectors in SDCA are going to argue that Barrack is an extreme flight risk …but meh whadda I know

Trump Foreign Policy & Barrack

Ambassador Otaiba just remember that name… it’s pretty important… Back in 2019 the New York Times reported that investigators are looking into “whether Mr. al-Malik was part of an illegal influence scheme” Hayah Holdings and after he was questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Office al-Malik packed up his Los Angeles Home and quickly moved back to the UAE…and it was largely reported that al-Malik was working for the UAE Intelligence Service and that he reported directly to Ali al-Shamsi, director of the Emirati National Intelligence Service…

Trump’s Twitter Archive

This link will take you to the various Tweets by Trump concerning the UAE

This link will take you to the numerous tweets from Trump concerning Saudi Arabia - now go back and read the indictment for 2016 and 2017 —you’ll see Tom Barrack’s influence

And this link will take you to Trump’s three tweets concerning Qatar ,

Executive Order 13769 of January 27, 2017 Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States I now refer you to paragraphs 24(h) and (g),

The Chairman’s Dinner/Gala

Thomas Barrack brought (invited his co-Defendant -Alshahhi ) to -Trump toasts diplomats at private inaugural dinner in 2017 “The Chairman’s Dinner” (see page 23 of the Indictment) because Barrack was the host.

Defendant Alshahhi also attended the inauguration, balls and dinners as the personal guest of Barrack. Meaning al-Shahhi had direct one-on[one time with Trump. My guess is Barrack likely made that mono-e-mono with Trump & the co-defendant.

Also here’s a Scribd Link to the highlighted and annotated Indictment. And I promise this is the last and final update to this article because I don’t think I missed anything with my 3rd sweep

Update # 2 July 20, 2021 8:55PM - Detention Motion

Holy Mother Mary …just as previously predicted earlier today - here the Government states in their letter/motion but it’s the second paragraph that’s on fire…

“…poses a serious flight risk based upon: (1) the seriousness of the charged offenses and the overwhelming evidence of his guilt; (2) the defendant’s vast financial resources and access to a private aircraft on which he regularly travels internationally; and (3) the defendant’s deep and longstanding ties to countries that do not have extradition treaties with the United States. See 18 U.S.C. § 3142.

Once in the Eastern District of New York, the defendant will receive a full bail hearing, at which time the defendant may attempt to propose a combination of conditions of release that, if imposed, would reasonably assure the defendant’s continued appearance at future court proceedings. In the government’s view, however, any such combination of conditions would have to include, at a minimum

  • disclosure of the full scope of the defendant’s foreign ties and assets; multiple appropriate domestic sureties; the posting of substantial and meaningful assets, including personal assets of those domestic sureties;

  • GPS location monitoring;

  • and strict temporal and geographic limits on the defendant’s movement, including surrender of all passports and a bar on the defendant’s access to his (or any other) private aircraft.

Overwhelming Evidence of the Defendant’s Guilt…

capitalized on his position of significant influence as an outside advisor to the Campaign and the Administration and as a national media figure with regularly televised interviews on major news networks to further the interests of the UAE as directed by senior UAE officials and their intermediaries. Through the defendant’s considerable access and influence, the UAE was able to broadcast its talking points to a national audience and promote its foreign policy interests with senior United States government officials.

As set forth in the Indictment, the defendant not only repeatedly agreed to promote the UAE’s foreign policy interests through his unique access and influence, he also provided UAE government officials, through Al Malik, with sensitive non-public information

Thomas Barrack is a traitor…

enable him to further advance the interests of the UAE, rather than the interests of the United States. When the defendant sought a position as either U.S. Ambassador to the UAE or Special Envoy to the Middle East, he advised Al Malik that any such appointment “would give ABU DHABI more power!” Al Malik concurred that, if the defendant successfully obtained an appointment to such an official position, it would make the defendant “deliver more” for the UAE, making their efforts a “[v]ery effective operation.” The defendant agreed.

NEW DISCLOSURE Barrack lied on his State Department Paperwork too

June 2017, the defendant completed and submitted paperwork to the U.S. Department of State in connection with his efforts to secure an official position in the Administration. In his submissions, the defendant materially misrepresented his connection to Al Malik, falsely claiming to have had only infrequent contact with Al Malik and further claiming that he did not know Al Malik’s citizenship or whether Al Malik was affiliated with a foreign government, despite describing Al Malik in private communications as the UAE’s “secret weapon”

…emails, text messages, iCloud records, flight records, social media records, photographs, video recordings, and other types of evidence…

“Flight records reflect that, in the past five years, the defendant, using his private aircraft, has taken more than 75 international trips, or more than 15 per year.…defendant’s vast financial resources and access to private aircraft give him all the necessary means to flee from justice, now that he is facing extremely serious criminal charges supported by overwhelming evidence…

the defendant is a citizen of Lebanon, a country that does not have an extradition treaty with the United States, and he visited Lebanon as recently as July 2020. In addition, the defendant is charged with acting under the direction or control of the most senior leaders of the UAE over a course of years. Notably, the defendant traveled to the UAE as recently as March 2021 via his private aircraft. The evidence further reflects that, at the direction of the UAE leadership, the defendant met with and assisted senior leaders of the KSA, a close ally of the UAE

Here I uploaded the Government’s letter motion to Scribd —this is very bad for Barrack, particularly that he has refused to provide PreTrial Services with a fulsome accounting of his holdings

the SDCA Judge agreed to continue the initial hearing to Monday of next week - but I think that might be bad if they let Barrack walk —no direction on the docket if he’s been remanded until next Monday and now I promise this is the last update because I’m freaking tired. It’s been a long day (like 14+hour day)


also to all of you Twerps that lost your ever loving freaking minds yesterday about Attorney General Garland — F-U-C-K Y-O-U the reporter admitted his story was inaccurate-had you read the Department of Commerce OIG Letter you would have noted the following F-A-C-Ts 1) the DOJ helped write the memo in question, 2) AG Barr -DOJ declination to prosecute Ross, 3) has the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority leader sent a criminal referral to the DOJ (spoiler NOPE) 4) your unhinged intransigence shows how woefully uninformed you are and 5) delete your fucking accounts agents of faux outrage and disinformation and misinformation so yes I mean zero respect. Yesterday you were calling on the firing of AG Garland and you didn’t know all the facts —hope it felt good because you’ve become the QANON-for-the-Left.


In case you are concerned about the provenance of the embedded indictment linked in the article - (I don’t take it personally I think it means you’re heeding my warnings about clicks and links. But I would never knowingly provide a malicious link)


Like I said don’t be that Internet jerk -no one had archived it - so I did -I’ll straight up find you and then shame you (I’m kidding sort of),


again should you question the authenticity of the SEC documents -I don’t traffic in disinformation or forged documents or withhold documents from my readers because only recalcitrant insecure narcissistic sociopaths withhold documents