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Newsline: UAE bid to get ex-congressman named U.S. ambassador dropped with lawmaker’s arrest

An effort by the United Arab Emirates to convince the United States with the help of a wealthy real estate investor to name former congressman Stephen #Stockman as U.S. #ambassador to that country during Donald #Trump’s presidency unraveled with the lawmaker’s 2017 arrest on fraud charges, prosecutors said. U.S. prosecutors made the statement in a filing in Brooklyn federal court ahead of next month’s scheduled criminal trial of Tom #Barrack, a billionaire real estate investor and fundraiser for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Barrack, charged with acting as a UAE agent without notifying the U.S. attorney general as required, has pleaded not guilty. The filing, partially redacted, stated that the UAE in early 2017 asked Barrack, who had chaired Trump’s inaugural committee and has described the former president as a close friend, to advocate for Stockman’s appointment as American ambassador. Stockman, a Republican who represented Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, was arrested in March 2017, convicted the following year of using charitable donations for campaign and personal spending and sentenced to 10 years in prison. #Trump, who took office in January 2017, commuted Stockman’s sentence in the final weeks of his presidency in December 2020. Prosecutors indicated in Thursday’s filing that they want to introduce evidence at Barrack’s trial about Stockman’s arrest to explain why Barrack was “not able to fulfill this request, despite agreeing to do so.” An amended version of the filing made on Friday redacted Stockman’s name. (https://news.yahoo.com/ex-congressmans-arrest-ended-uae-182722759.html) The UAE’s #embassy in Washington, Barrack’s lawyers, Stockman and his lawyers all did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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