A New York jury on Friday found Trump confidant and billionaire Thomas Barack not guilty of all charges in his trial on federal foreign lobbying charges.
Barak, a 75-year-old investor who was an adviser to former President Donald Trump and chairman of his inauguration team, has been accused of using his connections to the Trump administration to try to sway US foreign policy in favor of a client in the United Arab Emirates.
Barrack hailed the jury and called her “Lady Justice” outside the Brooklyn federal courthouse.
“The organization is amazing. The people are amazing. I have no animosity, I’m proud to be an American,” Barack said, later adding that he was “done with politics.”
“Let’s stop fighting each other. Let’s stop politicizing everything, whoever the president is,” Barak told reporters, before a group of teenagers playing music on portable loudspeakers walked away. Barak stopped talking for a moment and danced with his hands in the air.
Prosecutors portrayed Barack as a “campaign-for-money” businessman who used his White House ties to add a lucrative client to his investment portfolio. Barrack’s defense said he was using his ties to the Middle East and the presidential administration to try to mediate disputes in a volatile but important region, an attempt to fend off a storied international investment career.
Sep. The judges, who took effect on the 19th, deliberated for two days before reaching their verdict.
Army quartersCharges include acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the United Arab Emirates, obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI.
Prosecutors showed the jury text messages and emails sent during the 2016 and 2017 presidential campaigns and in the early days of the Trump administration, in which Barak and an employee of his firm, Colony Capital, described a “wish list of UAE priorities.” Prosecutors said Barak and an employee, Michael Grimes, had contact through an intermediary with Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s national security adviser.
Barak and Grimes’ efforts led to $374 million in new investments for their company from the United Arab Emirates sovereign wealth fund, prosecutors said. Their defense said there was nothing illegal about their efforts to attract new investments, and noted that only 1% of the investment portfolio is now managed by Barak’s former company, known as Digital Bridge.
Grimes, 29, was also charged in the case. A jury found him not guilty of acting 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 were unable to locate Al Malik.
After the verdict, Grimes said she was “grateful” to the jurors and her parents, who attended the hearing every day and “stood by me every day.”
“I’m grateful to live in America for the opportunity to stand before a fair and impartial judge, a jury of my peers who came to a conclusion of what it should be. That’s the truth,” Grimes said.
Asked what was next, he said, without elaborating, “crime.”
Outside the courtroom, the lawyers walked away without comment.
Barak spent the final six days of the trial on the stand.. He described the Trump administration’s communications with UAE officials as “puffery” and attempts to mediate disputes.
Justices also heard testimony from two Trump administration officials, a former Treasury secretaryCalled by Barack’s defense and former foreign secretary Invited by Govt.
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