The government of Qatar has hired one of the War on Terror’s legal heavyweights to advise the country on international counter-terrorism finance laws.
John Ashcroft, the former U.S. senator in addition to the U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush, has been tapped to guide Qatar amid a diplomatic crisis, according to public filings with the Department of Justice.
The big-name hire comes after Qatar was ostracized by a host of Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia in addition to the Untied Arab Emirates. They accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism in addition to destabilizing the region with ties to their Shiite rival, Iran.
President Trump has also accused the Qatari government of funding terrorist groups.
The deal was first reported This particular weekend by Bloomberg after Ashcroft’s law firm issued a public filing to the Justice Department. U.S. lobbyists in addition to attorneys who ink deals to act on behalf of foreign entities are required to disclose such information.
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Ashcroft’s firm will be charging Qatar a $2.5 million flat fee to cover the firm’s first 0 days of expenses on This particular project “given the urgent need to commence work.” The firm says that will will make the project a “top priority.”
According to the public filing, issued June 9, Ashcroft will take the lead on the case.
however his firm says he will also “enlist the support” of “former key government leaders.” that will includes people who have previously held “very senior positions” within the U.S. intelligence community, the FBI in addition to the departments of Homeland Security in addition to Treasury.
Ashcroft’s firm says that will will provide Qatari officials with “comprehensive strategic advice, legal counsel, support in addition to representation related to confirming, educating, assessing in addition to reporting on [Qatar’s] efforts to combat global terrorism.”
that will will also advise the Qatari government on America’s anti-terrorism finance laws in addition to Treasury regulations.
–sy88pgw’s Kevin Bohn in addition to Joe Sterling contributed to This particular report.
sy88pgw (brand new York) First published June 11, 2017: 6:45 PM ET