© Stocksak. Thomas Barrack, a billionaire friend and former president, leaves the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn on October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
By Luc Cohen
NEW YORK (Stocksak), – On Monday, Tom Barrack, a former U.S. president, testified in his defense against charges that he was an illegal foreign agent for United Arab Emirates.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors said that Barrack used his influence in Trump’s election campaign, administration and to push the UAE interests without notifying U.S. attorneys general as required by law.
Barrack, 75 years old, has pleaded guilty but not guilty. His lawyers argued that his interactions and conversations with Emirati officials were part he’d been running Colony Capital (NYSE ) a private equity company now known as DigitalBridge Group Inc.
Testifying can be risky for defendants because it allows them to be cross-examined by prosecutors.
During the month-long trial, prosecutors showed jurors text messages as well as emails. They indicated that Emirati officials gave feedback to Barrack about what he should say on television interviews and in an opinion article about U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East in 2016/2017. Also, they provided input about what Trump should say regarding energy policy in a 2016 presidential campaign speech.
Trump posted a statement on his Truth Social platform Sunday night claiming that he doesn’t believe Barrack was an agent for the UAE and that Barrack never spoke with him about speeches or “what he should say on this topic.”
Trump wrote that Tom Barrack was a respected businessman whose dream was to see PEACE in the Middle East, a very good thing and noble thing. “He is unfairly persecuted because he supports ‘Trump.