A New York jury on Friday found Trump confidant and billionaire Thomas Barracks not guilty of all charges in his trial on federal foreign lobbying charges.
Barracks, 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 to Trump’s administration to influence US foreign policy for a client, the United Arab Emirates. attempted to do.
Barracks outside Brooklyn Federal Court applauded the jury and called for “Lady Justice.”
Barrack said, “The system is amazing. The people are amazing. I have no animosity, I’m just proud to be an American.” He later said that he “done it with politics.”
“Let’s stop fighting with each other. Stop all the politicization of everything, no matter who the president is,” Barracks told reporters, before the teen walked away playing music over the speaker in hand. Barrack stopped talking for a while, put his hands in the air and started dancing.
Prosecutors portrayed Barracks as a businessman “campaigning for cash”, using his White House ties to add a lucrative client to his investment portfolio. Barrack’s defense said he was using his ties with the Middle East and the presidential administration to try to mediate disputes in a volatile but vital region, an attempt to shut down a storied international investment career.
The jurors, who have been on the panel since September 19, deliberated for two days before arriving at their decision.
army baseAccused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the UAE, obstructing justice and making false statements to the FBI.
Prosecutors showed jury text messages and emails sent during 2016 and 2017 during the presidential campaign and in the early days of the Trump administration, which appeared to show Barracks and an employee of his firm, Colony Capital, relaying talking points related to one. UAE priorities wish list”. Prosecutors said Barracks and employee Michael Grimes communicated through a middleman with Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s national security adviser.
Prosecutors said Barrack and Grimes’ efforts raised $374 million in new investment for their firm from the United Arab Emirates’ Sovereign Wealth Fund. His defense stated that there was nothing illegal about his efforts to attract new investment, and noted that the figure represented just 1% of the investment portfolio managed by Barrack’s former company, now known as DigitalBridge. Is known.
Grimes, 29, was also charged in the case. The jury found him not guilty of the charges 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. Al Malik has not been traced by the authorities.
Following the verdict, Grimes said he felt “grateful” to the jury members and their parents, who attend the trial daily and “who stand by me every day.”
Grimes said, “I am grateful to be in the United States that I have had the opportunity to stand before a fair and impartial judge and a jury of my peers. And that is the truth.”
When asked what lies ahead, he said “crime,” without elaborating.
Outside the courtroom, the prosecutor left without comment.
Barracks spent the last six days of the trial on the stand,, He described his communications with UAE officials about the Trump administration as “puffy” and attempts to mediate disputes.
The jury also heard the testimony of two Trump administration officials, the former Treasury Secretarythe defense of the barracks, and summoned by the former Secretary of State called by the government.