Judge sets September date for lobbying trial of Trump ally Barrack in United Arab Emirates

NEW YORK, Jan.5 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday set the date for the trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s billionaire ally, Thomas Barrack, on charges of illegal lobbying for the United Arab Emirates.

Barrack, 74, chaired Trump’s inaugural fund in 2017 and was a frequent guest at the White House. He pleaded not guilty in July to seven counts related to allegations he secretly lobbied the Trump administration for the UAE between 2016 and 2018, and lied to investigators about his ties to the country. Read more

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said jury selection in Brooklyn federal court would begin on September 7, with the trial starting shortly thereafter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hiral Mehta said he expected the trial to last three weeks, although he said it was a “conservative” estimate.

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The decision came after Daniel Petrocelli, an attorney for Barrack, called for a trial to begin as soon as possible, arguing that the time that has passed since his arrest in July 2021 had taken an “excruciating and devastating toll for Mr. Barrack ”. Read more

Barrack was released pending trial in July after reaching a deal with prosecutors calling him to post $ 250 million bail secured by $ 5 million in cash. Read more

Petrocelli has said he will decide to close the case this month.

Billionaire Barrack is the founder of private equity firm DigitalBridge Group Inc (DBRG.N), formerly known as Colony Capital, focused on digital infrastructure. He resigned from his former roles as Managing Director and Executive Chairman of the company within the past two years.

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Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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