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Trump ally Tom Barrack acquitted of foreign agent charges

Tom Barrack leaves Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday. Barrack, a Donald Trump loyalist, was acquitted at a federal trail where he was accused of using his personal access to the former Republican president to secretly promote the interests of the United Arab Emirates.
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NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s inaugural committee chair, Tom Barrack, was acquitted on all counts Friday at a federal trial in which he was accused of using his personal access to the former Republican president to secretly promote the interests of the United Arab Emirates.

The jury deliberated three days before finding Barrack not guilty of acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, obstruction of justice and making false statements. Barrack had vehemently denied the charges.

Barrack, 75, is an old friend of Trump and is a California billionaire who chaired Trump’s inaugural committee. He was among a long line of Trump associates to face various criminal charges.

In closing arguments on Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Harris told jurors that Barrack schemed to become the “eyes, ears and the voice” for the Emirates as part of a criminal conspiracy to manipulate Trump’s foreign policy. At the same time. he leveraged his back-channel connections to get the UAE to funnel tens of millions of dollars into an office building he was developing and into one of his investment funds, he added.

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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