Trump’s friend has pleaded not guilty to illegal lobbying on behalf of the UAE

Earlier, the US Department of Justice accused Thomas Barrack of working as a foreign agent without proper registration.

Billionaire investor Thomas Barrack, an ally of Donald Trump who headed the former president’s inaugural fund, has pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

“Of course, I am innocent of all these charges, and we will prove it in court,” Thomas Barrack said in a brief statement after appearing before a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Thomas Barrack was released on $ 250 million bails. His trips are limited, and he had to wear an electronic bracelet.

The US Department of Justice accuses Barrack and two other suspects of not registering as agents of the United Arab Emirates when they tried to influence Donald Trump on foreign policy issues during the presidential campaign and in the subsequent period.

Barrack was also charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI about his work for the UAE.

The former US president has not been charged with any charges.

The New York prosecutor’s office claims that in May 2016, when Barrack worked as an unofficial adviser to the Trump campaign headquarters, he established himself as a “key communication channel” with the UAE.

The prosecution claims that Barrak repeatedly contacted several high-ranking officials of the UAE and called another defendant, Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahi, a “secret weapon” of the UAE to promote its foreign policy program in the United States.

Barrack managed to insert laudatory expressions to the UAE in Trump’s election speech on US energy policy, delivered in May 2016. According to the indictment, the defendants received theses from high-ranking UAE officials for Barrak’s speeches in the media.

The indictment says that after Trump took office as president of the United States, Barrack repeatedly coordinated his activities with other defendants, the purpose of which is to influence Trump’s choice when appointing people to the posts of ambassadors and other key posts. The prosecutor’s office also claims that Barrack sought to directly influence US foreign policy towards the Persian Gulf.

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