'This is really serious': Legal expert says Trump ally Barrack is in more trouble than we've been led to believe
Longtime Trump ally Tom Barrack was arrested earlier this week and charged with illegally acting as an agent for the government of the United Arab Emirates.
But Dave Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, told CNN on Friday that Barrack might be in even bigger trouble than the initial charging documents filed against him have led us to believe.
While talking with host Jim Acosta, Aronberg broke down the massive $250 million bond deal that prosecutors struck with Barrack on Friday was an indicator of how serious this case really is.
"Remember, this is not a FARA case -- that's for failure to register as a lobbyist for a foreign entity," he explained. When you are talking about what Barrack is charged with, it is far more serious. It is a crime of working directly with a foreign government."
He noted that this is the same charge that Russian spy Maria Butina faced in 2018, which would carry a much bigger penalty for Barrack than simply failing to register as a lobbyist.
"This is really serious for Barrack," he emphasized. "And the UAE used him as their own pseudo ambassador because he was so well connected. They asked him to develop a special 100-day policy proposal. That goes beyond just lobbying."
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On Friday, writing for The New York Times, reporter and author Michael Wolff argued that it is inevitable that former President Donald Trump will run for president again in 2024.
The reason: he has unfinished business using the White House to punish all the Republicans he believes haven't shown sufficient loyalty to him — starting with his own former Vice President Mike Pence and the GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
"In his telling, it is Mr. Pence whose actions confirmed 'the steal,' by his refusal to overturn the electoral vote count, over which he presided in January in the Senate," wrote Wolff. "I believe he will run again just to stop the men who, in his view, helped take the presidency from him from trying to get it for themselves. The reports that reach him of the West Wing and members of his administration who refuse to subscribe to the idea of 'the steal' only feeds his fury and determination to punish all doubters — 'some very weak people who have worked for me but won't in the future,' as he told me."
Wolff then broke down why Trump's war against McConnell will be particularly intense.
"Mr. Trump believes that Mr. McConnell retained his Senate seat in 2020 only because of his support," he wrote. "The war against Mr. McConnell is a war about who controls the Republican Party — if it's Mr. Trump's party, it can't be Mr. McConnell's. If candidates win because of his endorsements, thereby making Mr. Trump himself the ultimate winner, and inevitable front-runner, then it's surely his party."
Trump has also reportedly expressed rage at other figures whose careers he boosted, like Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who did not back his lawsuits to overturn the 2020 election. And he has gone on the warpath against Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him for inciting the January 6 insurrection, like Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH).
"For Democrats, who see him exiled to Mar-a-Lago, stripped of his key social media platforms and facing determined prosecutors, his future seems risible if not pathetic," concluded Wolff. "But this is Donald Trump, always ready to strike back harder than he has been struck, to blame anyone but himself, to silence any doubts with the sound of his own voice, to take what he believes is his and, most of all, to seize all available attention. Sound the alarm."
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) faced off against an angry constituent during a virtual town hall meeting broadcast on TikTok.
A staffer who was moderating the event introduced a woman who had called in to the meeting.
"You are live with the senator, you can go ahead and ask your question," the staffer said.
"Hi senator, I am a south Kentucky citizen and I just wanted to tell you get f*cked," she said.
After an awkward pause, the staffer moderating said, "alright, we'll go ahead to our next question."
Paul is being challenged by former Kentucky state legislator Charles Booker in the 2022 election.
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