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    Obama In Major Trouble After His Former Official Pleads Guilty

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    International shenanigans that occurred during the administration of Barack Obama are now coming to light.

    Richard G. Olsen served as Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2015 and 2016 during his presidency.

    Olsen had previously held the positions of U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul while holding the rank of ambassador.

    Olsen spent 34 years as a Foreign Service professional.

    The Washington Post reports that a lengthy federal investigation has uncovered a vicious — and lucrative — battle for influence in Washington between the wealthy Persian Gulf nation of Qatar and its regional rival the United Arab Emirates, as Donald Trump prepared to assume office and engage in new rounds of Middle East diplomacy.

    According to The Post, Olson has admitted to lying on ethics paperwork and violating ‘revolving door’ laws.

    The report noted that the misdemeanor violations occurred as a result of Olson’s lobbying for Qatar within a year of his federal retirement.

    Olson admitted in court documents filed in June 2017 that he contacted an unnamed third party identified by the defense as Allen to “provide aid and advice to Qatari government officials with the intent to influence” American foreign policy, the Post reported.

    In court documents, Olson admitted he failed to disclose in annual ethics forms that he accepted a first-class airline ticket from New Mexico to London and a stay in a luxury hotel in January 2015 from a Pakistani-American businessman who was not identified by the federal government but whose description matches that of U.S. businessman Imaad Zuberi, according to a report by The Washington Post.

    More on this story via Republic Brief:

    Zuberi is a major donor to both political parties, and was sentenced in February 2020 to 12 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion, foreign influence-peddling, and violations of campaign finance laws, The Post reported.

    “Olson admitted meeting with a Bahrain businessman, who would offer him a one-year $300,000 contract for work after he left the State Department,” the report said.

    Zuberi, Olson and “Person 3” traveled to Doha, “where the latter pair met with various Qatari officials including its emir, then returned to meet in Washington with members of Congress.”

    In July, The Post also reports, billionaire Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. was criminally charged with obstructing justice and acting as an unregistered agent for the UAE.

    The Washington Post’s report continues: In pre-plea proceedings in federal court in Washington, Olson’s defense counsel said he admitted to the misdemeanor charges — each punishable by up to one year in prison at his sentencing Sept. 13 — and cooperated with federal prosecutors on the understanding that they were also investigating and pursuing criminal charges against retired four-star Marine Gen. John G. Allen. Read more here…

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