- Barak changed the language about the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudis on the 2016 GOP platform, according to The Daily Beast.
- The Justice Department recently announced its indictment against Barrack, who was charged with several felonies last year.
- The indictment alleges that a person referred to as “Person-1” sent an email asking to change the GOP messages.
Thomas Barrack, a billionaire private equity investor who chaired the inaugural committee of former President Donald Trump in 2017, changed the official GOP platform for the 2016 Republican National Congress in an effort to minimize 9/11 hijackers, according to The Daily Beast.
The Justice Department has released its indictment against Barak – who was arrested in July 2021 and charged with misconduct, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI – to reveal the extent of his role at the party’s congress. Cleveland. year.
Barak was released shortly after his arrest last year on $ 250 million bail.
The revised indictment revealed that a person referred to as “Person-1” sent an email to Barrack to change Republicans’ messages at the conference.
“I have to talk about language to put it [the national political party] platform at a national conference. “It can be much more expansive than what we did in the speech,” he said. “Platform language [should be] based on what you hear from your friends “.
Trump tried to reveal about 28 pages of missing information from the 9/11 Commission report detailing Saudi Arabia’s links to the hijackings, but Person-1 insisted that anything could be interpreted as “anti-royal Saudi Arabia’s family needed to be removed from the party platform.
Barak then emailed Rashid al-Malik, an Emirati businessman who was accused by the Justice Department last year of passing information to UAE spies, according to the report.
“Very confidential, but you can share it with HH,” Barak said in a message to al-Malik. “Please do not release any more because it is very sensitive.”
Federal investigators say Al-Malik sent the email to an unidentified Emirati official.
Brian McGlinci, a San Antonio-based freelance journalist who has called for the 9/11 leaked documents to be revealed, told the Daily Beast that the messages reflected “hypocrisy” from those on Trump’s trajectory.
“It underscores the hypocrisy of the Trump camp, because there was an active presidential campaign at the time,” he said in a statement. “You have the candidate to raise deep suspicions about Saudi involvement, at the same time you have these maneuvers in the back channel at the Republican convention to help the Saudis avoid embarrassment.”