In International Lobbying Trial, Trump Buddy Thomas Barrack is Found Not Guilty

Trump buddy Thomas Barrack: Former Trump campaign fundraiser and close friend Tom Barrack was found not guilty on all counts Friday, including allegations that he functioned as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates during the Trump administration and lied to the FBI about it.

Evidence From a Global Lobbying Trial

On Friday, a jury in New York found billionaire Trump associate Thomas Barrack not guilty of all criminal foreign lobbying charges. A former advisor and leader of Trump’s inaugural committee, Barrack, 75, was recently accused of trying to influence U.S. foreign policy on behalf of a client, the United Arab Emirates.

Barrack praised the panel and referred to “Lady Justice” outside the Brooklyn federal courtroom. “This method is incredible. Humans truly amaze me. Barrack added, “I have no enmity; I’m simply pleased to be an American.” He also said, “I’m done with politics.”

“Let’s put an end to our bickering. Don’t make everything a political issue, no matter who’s in the Oval Office “Barrack told the press as a group of youngsters strolled past with portable speakers blasting music. Barrack paused his monologue briefly before throwing his hands in the air and breaking into dancing.

The government painted Barrack as a “campaigning for cash” businessman who was looking to leverage his White House connections to win a profitable client. Barrack’s argument said he was trying to finish off a famous international investing career by utilizing his connections to the Middle East and the presidential administration to arbitrate issues in a difficult but essential region.

The jury was selected on September 19 and spent two days deliberating before returning a decision. Barrack was charged with serving as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), obstruction of justice, and providing false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Trump Buddy Thomas Barrack
Trump Buddy Thomas Barrack

Prosecutors presented the jury with text messages and emails between Barrack and an employee of his firm, Colony Capital, that appeared to relay talking points related to a “wish list” of UAE priorities in 2016 and 2017, during the presidential campaign and the early days of the Trump administration. Prosecutors claim that Barrack and his employee Michael Grimes conspired with Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a sheik who is the UAE’s national security advisor, by communicating with him through an intermediary.

According to the prosecution, Barrack and Grimes were responsible for bringing in $374 million in fresh assets from a national wealth fund in the United Arab Emirates. In their defense, they pointed out that this was just 1% of the investment portfolio maintained by Barrack’s old business (now known as DigitalBridge) and argued that their efforts to solicit fresh investments were legitimate.

In addition to the main defendant, the 29-year-old Grimes was also arrested and prosecuted. He was cleared of acting as an unregistered foreign agent by the jury. Rashid al-Malik, an Emirati national living in California, was accused of functioning as a foreign agent without being properly registered. The officials have been unable to find Al Malik.

The jury and Grimes’s parents, who he claimed “stood by me every day,” made him feel “grateful.” “I am thankful to live in a country where I can go to court and have my case heard by an unbiased judge and a jury of my peers who come to the right decision. This is the honest truth, “To quote Grimes:

When pressed for a follow-up, he just responded, “offense,” without providing any context. The prosecuting attorneys outside the courtroom passed by silently. Barrack testified for himself during the final six days of his trial. It was “puffery” and attempts at mediation, he said, that characterized his conversations with UAE officials concerning the Trump administration.

Ex-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who was summoned by Barrack’s defense, and Ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was called by the government, both testified in front of the jury.

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