Former Trump inaugural committee head arrested

Tom Barrack, the chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee, was charged with illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.
1:25 | 07/21/21

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Back here at home, news of a high profile arrest. Tom barrack, the chairman of former president trump's inaugural committee, has been arrested and charged for illegally lobbying for a foreign country, and of lying to the FBI about it. Here's Terry Moran. Reporter: Tom barrack is a billionaire businessman and one of Donald Trump's best friends. And I'm here because Donald Trump is one of my closest friends for 40 years. Reporter: Trump chose barrack to chair his 2017 inaugural committee, which raised a record $107 million. Welcome to the 58th inauguration of the president of the United States. Reporter: Today, barrack was arrested in California on federal charges. Failing to register as a foreign agent, obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators. Prosecutors say barrack used his connection to trump to act as an agent for the United Arab Emirates, even working with uae officials to insert a line into one of then-candidate trump's 2016 campaign speeches. We'll work with our gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship. Reporter: Afterwards, an emirati official emailed barrack, "Congrats on the great job today. Everybody here are happy with the results." Barrack becomes the seventh person associated with the 2016 trump campaign to be charged. He says he's not guilty.

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