(New York) A former Donald Trump adviser accused last week of trying to influence a president who turned out to be a former candidate for the benefit of the United Arab Emirates pleaded not guilty in court and was released on $ 250 million bail.
“Apparently, I’m innocent of all charges and we’ll prove it in court,” Thomas Barrack said in a brief statement sent by his lawyers shortly after leaving federal court in Brooklyn, New York.
At the time of the hearing, the 74-year-old man, with a black mask over his face and a dark blue suit, was mostly quiet and looked serious.
Obstruction of justice, false statements
Of the seven charges filed on July 16, Donald Trump’s former adviser is being prosecuted for acting in the interests of a foreign state without registering his lobbying activities, obstructing justice and making false statements to authorities.
Tom Barrack was the “informal adviser” to the Republican candidate campaign between April and November 2016, before being appointed head of the 45-member organizing committee.E President of the United States. As of January 2017, he has been advising senior government officials on U.S. policy in the Middle East.
According to Brooklyn prosecutors, Tom Barack and two other co-defendants tried to influence the candidate in favor of the United Arab Emirates between 2016 and 2018 and later President Trump, as well as the image of this country. And one of its allies, Saudi Arabia.
Tom Barack was particularly accused of embedding pro-Emirates ads in Donald Trump’s campaign speech in May 2016, and then campaigning in March 2017 for a candidate dubbed Emirates for the post of state ambassador. The country has the highest level of contacts with Abu Dhabi.
Million 250 million deposit
In addition to the Million 250 million bond, Thomas Barrack will be required to wear travel restrictions and an electronic bracelet. The next hearing is set for Sept. 2.
One of the two co-defendants, a 27-year-old man whose bail was set at $ 5 million, while another, an Emirati national, was not on American soil.
Many relatives of Donald Trump have already been questioned for their activities for the benefit of foreign governments.
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, and his former adviser Roger Stone were particularly implicated in the 2016 investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election. They were pardoned after the former president’s term ended.