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Trump fundraiser Barrack pleads not guilty to new charges in UAE lobbying case -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Thomas Barrack (a billionaire friend to Donald Trump) arrives at Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn. This is July 26th, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Hofstetter/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters), A billionaire fundraiser supporting former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to new allegations that he illegally lobbied U.S. officials in behalf of the United Arab Emirates.

The federal prosecutors of Brooklyn, New York City last week brought forth nine criminal charges against Thomas Barrack. They include making false statements and acting as a foreign agent unregistered.

Barrack was the ex-head of Colony Capital’s investment management company (NYSE:). He was indicted last year on seven counts.

Prosecutors claim that Barrack was the chair of Trump’s inaugural fund in 2017 and was often a White House guest. He used his influence to push the UAE’s foreign policies goals in the United States, without having to register as a lobbyist.

Barrack, according to the indictment, sought investments from UAE sovereign funds while lobbying for his country.

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Barrack filed his plea before U.S. district Judge Brian Cogan in a virtual hearing.

The jury selection process for the trial of Mr. Avakian is set to start in August.