The FBI is examining a think tank president’s international lobbying efforts. The inquiry requires the examination of thousands of documents.
In a letter to the think group, retired Gen. John Allen said that he was departing with a “sad heart” but did not provide a reason. Allen’s resignation comes less than a week after the Associated Press was the first to reveal that the FBI had confiscated Allen’s computer records in connection with the lobbying investigation.
According to the FBI, there is “substantial evidence” that Brookings Institution President Sidney J. Allen violated a foreign lobbying rule while working in Doha, Qatar, for the think tank. According to an FBI affidavit, Allen visited Qatar and advised senior officials on how to influence U.S. policy. Richard G. Olson, a former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan who pled guilty to federal crimes, has already been captured by the FBI probe.