Jury finds Trump friend Thomas Barrack not guilty on all counts in foreign lobbying trial

Date:

A New York jury on Friday found Trump confidant and billionaire Thomas Barrack not guilty of all charges in his trial over federal foreign lobby charges.

Barrack, a 75-year-old investor who was an adviser to former President Donald Trump and chairman of his inaugural committee, was accused of using his connections with the Trump administration to try to influence US foreign policy for a client, the United Arab Emirates.

Outside the Brooklyn federal courthouse, Barrack praised the jury and called out “Lady Justice.”

“The system is great. People are great. I have no animosity, I’m just proud to be an American,” Barrack said, later adding that he was “done with politics.”

“Let’s stop fighting each other. Let’s stop all the politicization of everything, whoever the president is,” Barrack told reporters before teens played music on portable speakers that passed by. Barrack stopped talking for a moment, raised his hands and danced.

Prosecutors portrayed Barrack as a businessman “campaigning for money,” bent on using his ties to the White House to add a lucrative client to his investment portfolio. Barrack’s defense said he used his ties to the Middle East and the presidential government to try to mediate disputes in an unstable but crucial region, an attempt to cap a legendary international investment career.

The jurors, appointed since Sept. 19, deliberated for two days before reaching their verdict.

barrack pleaded not guilty on charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the UAE, obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI.

Prosecutors showed the jury text messages and emails sent in 2016 and 2017, during the presidential campaign and the early days of the Trump administration, in which Barrack and an employee of his company, Colony Capital, appeared to be relaying topics of conversation. regarding a “wish list” of UAE priorities. Barrack and the employee, Michael Grimes, communicated through an intermediary with Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a sheikh who is the UAE’s national security adviser, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the efforts of Barrack and Grimes generated $374 million in new investment from a UAE state fund for their company. Their defense said there was nothing illegal about their efforts to attract new investment, noting that this figure represented just 1% of the investment portfolio managed by Barrack’s former company, now known as DigitalBridge.

Grimes, 29, was also charged in the case. The jury found him not guilty of charges that he was acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

The alleged intermediary, an Emirati citizen who had lived in California, Rashid al Malik, was also charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent. Al Malik has not been found by the authorities.

After the verdict, Grimes said he was “grateful” to the judges and his parents, who attended the trial daily and “assisted me every day”.

“I am grateful to live in the United States to face a judge who is fair and impartial and a jury of my peers who have come to the conclusion what it should be. And that is the truth,” said Grimes.

When asked what’s next, he said, “insulting,” without elaborating.

Outside the courtroom, prosecutors passed by without comment.

Barrack spent the last six days of the trial in the stands, testify in his own defense. He described his communications with UAE officials about the Trump administration as “puffy” and attempts to mediate disputes.

The jury also heard testimonies from two officials of the Trump administration, a former Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchinsummoned by the defense of Barrack, and former Secretary of State Rex Tillersonsummoned by the government.


The Valley Voice
The Valley Voicehttp://thevalleyvoice.org
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Popular

More like this
Related