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Former top US diplomat sentenced in Qatar lobbying scheme

  • Former U.S. Ambassador Richard G. Olson has been sentenced to three years of probation and fined $93,350 for illegally aiding and advising Qatar and for not disclosing gifts received from a political fundraiser.
  • Olson's involvement in helping Qatar was part of a broader Justice Department crackdown on unreported foreign influence campaigns. He was accused of deleting emails, lying to the FBI, and accepting first-class travel from a disgraced political fundraiser. Despite this, the judge believed a hefty fine was sufficient punishment.
  • While Olson's lawyer argued that his actions were within his professional duty, the judge stressed the importance of upholding exemplary behavior from high-ranking diplomats. Olson's sentence serves as a message of deterrence to other public officials.
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