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Ex-Rep. Joe Garcia files as Qatari agent

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on April 10, 2018

Former Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) has taken his first gig as a foreign agent.

Garcia, who was defeated in the 2014 midterms, disclosed that he's now a part of the Mercury Public Affairs team providing strategic consulting and management services to the government of Qatar. His work with Congress, think tanks and businesses will inclide "further[ing] government relations on issues related to commerce and bilateral communications," according to a Justice Department disclosure released this week. Garcia joined Mercury's Miami office last fall and has not yet registered as a lobbyist with the company.

Since last summer, Qatar has suffered an ongoing diplomatic crisis, with Saudi Arabia leading a coalition of Middle Eastern countries who have cut off ties with the Gulf state. Qatar's head of state meets with President Donald Trump in Washington today.