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Justice Dept. Accuses 2 Political Operatives Of Hiding Foreign Lobbying During Trump Administration

via ABC News
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Two political consultants allegedly provided false information about lobbying work for a wealthy Persian Gulf country during the Trump administration.

Charging documents accuse Barry P. Bennett, an adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign, of leading a covert lobbying campaign for a foreign country, likely Qatar, and not disclosing it properly.

“That effort included lobbying Congress and Trump, as well as a social media campaign, publishing opinion articles in newspapers and producing a television documentary, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said that Yemen Crisis Watch urged the public to contact their lawmakers and urge them to ‘cease supporting’ the intervention in Yemen by Qatar’s unnamed rival,” the report noted. (Trending: Donald Trump Breaks His Silence After Major Court Win)

“Robert Schuller, a prominent televangelist, and former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer both helped Yemen Crisis Watch’s efforts, according to earlier reporting from the Wall Street Journal and the Topeka Capital-Journal.”

“Neither man has been charged with any wrongdoing and messages sent to them were not immediately returned,” the report added.

Bennett and another consultant, Douglas Watts, reached deferred prosecution agreements with the Justice Department.

The case is part of investigations into Qatar’s influence campaign during the Trump administration.

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