FBI Gets Retired General’s Data Associated with Qatar Lobbying

Federal Bureau of Investigation authorities had seized the electronic data of a retired four-star general amid investigations over an alleged illegal lobbying campaign for Qatar.

According to a federal court filing obtained Tuesday, former Marine Gen. John R. Allen, who led NATO forces in Afghanistan before joining the Brookings Institution research group, worked behind the scenes to help Qatar influence the United States policy in 2017.

The court filing presented possible criminal charges against Allen after he allegedly lobbied the former US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster to influence the Trump administration to favor Qatar.

Court documents showed that Allen wrote an email to McMaster “asking for some help.” Two days after the email, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked Gulf countries to ease the blockade against Qatar amid a diplomatic crisis between the country and its neighbors.

The FBI also accused Allen of making false statements and withholding “incriminating” documents. Allen allegedly said a “false version of events” when law enforcement interviewed him in 2020.

The FBI said that Allen pursued “multi-million dollar business deals” with the Qatar government.

Allen denied lobbying for Qatar. 

Allen was brought to the spotlight when he was named in a more extensive investigation on Qatar lobbying.

Last week, former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan Richard G. Olson pleaded guilty to federal charges.

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