The FBI seized electronic data of a retired four-star general related to his role in a lobbying campaign on behalf of Qatar.
The feds are investigating former Marine Gen. John R. Allen for FARA violations and accused him of giving the FBI a “false version of events” about his work for Qatar.
In 2017, Allen was chosen to lead the Brookings Institution, a highly powerful think tank that was financially backed by Qatar for years.
According to AP, Allen failed to disclose “that he was simultaneously pursuing multimillion-dollar business deals with the government of Qatar.”
The AP reported:
The FBI has seized the electronic data of a retired four-star general who authorities say made false statements and withheld “incriminating” documents about his role in an illegal foreign lobbying campaign on behalf of the wealthy Persian Gulf nation of Qatar.
It’s part of an expanding investigation that has ensnared Richard G. Olson, a former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan who pleaded guilty to federal charges last week, and Imaad Zuberi, a prolific political donor now serving a 12-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
The court filings detail Allen’s behind-the scenes efforts to help Qatar influence U.S. policy in 2017 when a diplomatic crisis erupted between the gas-rich Persian Gulf monarchy and its neighbors.
“There is substantial evidence that these FARA violations were willful,” FBI agent Babak Adib wrote in a search warrant application, referring to the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
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