Trump ally’s trial on foreign agent charges to start with jury selection

Jury selection begins in the trial of Tom Barrack, a onetime fundraiser for former President Donald Trump, on charges he acted as an unregistered foreign agent.

NEW YORK — Jury selection is set to begin on Monday in the trial of Tom Barrack, the private equity executive and onetime fundraiser for former President Donald Trump, on charges he acted as a foreign agent without notifying the U.S. government.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say Barrack, the 75-year-old former chairman of the firm now known as DigitalBridge Group Inc., worked for the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump’s campaign and administration between 2016 and 2018 and advance the Middle Eastern country’s interests.

Barrack, who chaired Trump’s inauguration committee, has pleaded not guilty, as has his former assistant and co-defendant Matthew Grimes.

They intend to argue that their interactions with UAE officials were part of their work for DigitalBridge, then known as Colony Capital.

Trump inaugural committee chairman charged with acting as agent of UAEJuly 20, 202101:44Another co-defendant, Emirati businessman Rashid Al Malik, is at large.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/trump-allys-trial-foreign-agent-charges-start-jury-selection-rcna48288


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