What General John Allen was Doing in Tampa Helps Us Understand the Newly Announced FBI Investigation


Underpaid military men like Allen may be vulnerable to money, to charm, to all sorts of things that they don’t face in the battlefield—and perhaps have much less training for.

I told you that it was important to link three different legal cases: former ambassador to UAE and Pakistan Richard Olson’s plea deal regarding lobbying of Qatar; the charges against Trump crony and real estate developer Tom Barrack of illegally lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of the UAE and lying to the FBI about it; and charges by the FBI against Trump crony Steve Wynn, who is accused of lying about acting as an unregistered agent for the Chinese. (Wynn has said he didn’t need to register and Barrack has denied the charges.) I told you to watch for more indictments by the FBI.

What I didn’t say—because it wasn’t yet in plain sight—is that new legal documents show there is a task force at work in DC expressly to stop the washing of foreign money—especially to prevent Gulf states from influencing  former U.S. government officials.

As the latest exhibit of this, it emerged last night that the FBI has seized data going back to 2016 of General John Allen, one of the country’s most distinguished military men and now the president of the prestigious DC think tank Brookings (though perhaps not for much longer, given what’s going on. At the time of this writing, Allen was placed on administrative leave according to an email from Brookings, per the New York Times). The FBI claims that Allen, just like Barrack, was acting on behalf of a foreign Gulf country (this time Qatar) without registering and with potentially millions of dollars in personal upside.