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

A New York jury on Friday found billionaire Trump confidant Thomas Barrack not guilty of all charges brought against him in his trial on federal foreign lobbying charges.

Barrack, a 75-year-old investor who was a former adviser to former President Donald Trump and chairman of his Inaugural Committee, has been accused of using his ties to the Trump administration to try to influence US foreign policy in favor of a client, the United Arab Emirates.

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

“The system is wonderful. The people are wonderful. 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 politicizing everything, no matter who’s president,” Barrack told reporters as teenagers played music on hand-held speakers. Barak stopped talking for a moment, raised his hands in the air and danced.

Prosecutors portrayed Barrack as a businessman, “stock for cash” to use his White House connections to add a lucrative client to his investment portfolio. Barrack’s defense said he was using his ties to the Middle East and the president’s administration to mediate disputes in the volatile but crucial region in an attempt to end a illustrious international investment career.

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From September 19 the jailed jury deliberated for two days before reaching a verdict.

Barak pleaded not guilty charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in 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 firm, Colony Capital, relayed conversation topics related to a “wish list of UAE priorities.” Barrack and 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.

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Prosecutors said Barrack and Grimes’ efforts netted their company $374 million. USD of new investment from UAE sovereign wealth fund. Their defense said there was nothing illegal about their efforts to attract new investment, noting that the figure represented just 1% of the investment portfolio held by Barrack’s former company, which is now known as DigitalBridge.

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

The alleged middleman, Rashid al Malik, an Emirati national living in California, was also charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent. Authorities have not found Al Malik.

After the verdict, Grimes said he felt “grateful” to the jurors and to his parents, who were in court every day and “who supported me every day.”

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“I’m grateful to live in the United States, to have the opportunity to stand before a judge who is fair and impartial, and a jury of my peers who came to the conclusion that it should be. And that’s the truth,” Grimes said. said

Asked what was next, he said, “crime,” without elaborating.

Prosecutors walked outside the courtroom without comment.

Barak spent the last six days of the trial on the stand, giving evidence in his own defense. He described his interactions with UAE officials about the Trump administration as “bloating” and attempts to mediate disputes.

Jurors also heard testimony from two Trump administration officials, including the former Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchinnamed Barrack’s Defense and former Secretary of State Rex Tillersonurged the government.


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