by Luke Cohen
NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Friday ruled that Tom Barrack, a longtime friend of Donald Trump and former head of the nominating committee for his presidency, was not guilty of being a “foreign agent “having illegally acted on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), inflicting a setback on the United States Department of Justice.
Tom Barrack was also acquitted of charges of obstructing justice and making false statements, which he allegedly made to federal agents in 2019 regarding his dealings with Emirati officials and their representatives.
The former US president’s ally hailed the verdict.
“These are the people who should be celebrating victory,” he said, referring to the jury. “I’m so moved by (their decision) and by the system.”
Tom Barrack, 75, was accused of using his influence during the 2016 presidential campaign to promote Emirati interests without informing the United States Attorney General.
His former aide and co-defendant, Matthew Grimes, was also acquitted.
(Report Luc Cohen; French version Camille Raynaud, edited by Kate Entringer)