Trump inaugural committee head accused of being UAE agent

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LOS ANGELES (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.

Prosecutors say the crimes struck at the “heart of our democracy.”

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 president.

The 74-year-old Barrack of Santa Monica, California was arrested in Southern California.

A spokesperson for Barrack said he would plead not guilty.

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