Trump’s friend Tom Barrack faces trial in September in UAE lobbying case

Tom Barrack Jr. (right), the founder of Colony Capital Inc., arrives at the New York Criminal Court in the United States on Monday, July 26, 2021.

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Private equity investor Tom Barrack will stand trial with a business partner in September on charges of Illegal lobbying Former president Donald TrumpA federal judge said on Wednesday that his close friend represents the United Arab Emirates.

The trial of Barack and his associate Matthew Grimes will be held in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York

The jury selection is scheduled for September 7. The trial could start as early as the same day or next week, Judge Brian Cogan said at a court hearing on Wednesday.

At that hearing, Kogan, prosecutors, and defense lawyers also discussed a timetable for reviewing classified government materials expected to be used in the case.

Belak, 74, Who is the chairman of Trump’s 2017 inaugural fundAnd Grimes, 27, were arrested in July.

Neither of them pleaded guilty. Barrack receives $250 million in bail ——This is one of the highest bonds in the world. Grimes is free with a $5 million bond.

The third defendant in the case, Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, a UAE national, is still at large.

An indictment accuses the three of them of secretly advancing the interests of the UAE by influencing Trump’s 2016 campaign foreign policy stance and the US government’s stance during the first half of Trump’s presidency.

The prosecutor claimed that during his alleged illegal lobbying for Trump, Barak also informally provided advice on Middle East policy to U.S. officials and sought to appoint the U.S. government as a special envoy for the Middle East issue.

Barak has never registered as an agent of the UAE with the U.S. government. In an interview with federal law enforcement officers in June 2019, he was also charged with obstruction of justice and multiple false statements.

Last summer, a senior official of the Department of Justice said: “The actions alleged in the indictment are nothing more than a betrayal of US officials, including the former president.”

Barracks step down As the CEO of Colonial Capital In April 2020, he resigned from the position of executive chairman of the company.