Qatar Hires Former US Attorney General Ashcroft to Combat Allegations of Supporting Terrorism

The Qatari government hired John Ashcroft, the acting U.S. AG during the 9/11 attacks, in an attempt to rebut accusations that it supports terrorism.

Qatar will pay $2.5M to the Ashcroft Law Firm for a 90-day period as they attempt to confirm their efforts to “fight global terrorism and comply with financial regulations”, which includes U.S. Treasury rules, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filing Friday with the U.S. Justice Department.

A letter included in the FARA filing penned by Ashcroft firm partner Michael Sullivan states that:

“The firm’s work will include crisis response and management, program and system analysis, media outreach, education and advocacy regarding the client’s historical, current and future efforts to combat global terror and its compliance goals and accomplishments.”

Reuters reports:

The government of Qatar has hired John Ashcroft, the U.S. attorney general during the Sept. 11 attacks, as it seeks to rebut accusations from U.S. President Donald Trump and its Arab neighbors that it supports terrorism.

Qatar faces isolation by fellow Arab countries after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed ties with Doha on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their adversary Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.

The crisis is a major diplomatic test for the United States, which is a close ally of countries on both sides but has given mixed signals on whether to isolate Qatar or bring it into talks with other Gulf countries.

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