The former Ambassador to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, Richard Olson, was criminally charged in April for his role in illegal lobbying efforts.
Now, the President of the Brookings Institution has been implicated in his lobbying efforts.
Four-Star General Josh Allen was named in an FBI affidavit where he was accused of lobbying President Trump’s administration on behalf of Qatar. He allegedly made false statements to the FBI and concealed documents from them.
The Epoch Times Reports–
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“A newly released FBI affidavit implicates the president of the Brookings Institution, retired four-star general John Allen, in an alleged backchannel effort to lobby former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster, as well as other U.S. government officials on behalf of the government of Qatar. Allen is alleged to have made false statements and concealed documents from the FBI in connection with his lobbying efforts.
Allen has been put on leave by the Brookings Institute, whose website states: “As of June 8, 2022, John R. Allen is on leave from the Brookings Institution.”
The FBI affidavit, which was apparently filed in error, was subsequently removed from the court’s docket. A copy was shared online (pdf) this morning by the New York Times. The inadvertent disclosure comes as part of a related case brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Richard Olson, a former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates in the Obama administration. Olson was criminally charged in April for his alleged role in the lobbying campaign.”
After Olson was criminally charged for his illegal lobbying, his lawyers complained that Allen, who was partnered with him, had not been criminally charged as well.
Gulf states, including the United Arab Emirates, cut ties with Qatar due to their alleged support for the government of Iran. Allen and Olson planned to lobby the Trump administration to help mediate between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to repair their relationship.
The Brookings Institution has repeatedly published documents that attack President Trump. This week, they published a 104 page document named ‘Trump on Trial” that documented Trump’s supposed crimes leading up to January 6th.