The U.S. President Donald Trump and his circle of friends are facing multiple legal investigations on a number of counts. One of his longtime friends is facing charges of serving as an unregistered foreign agent, according to NBC News.
What Happened: Californian billionaire Tom Barrack and his former assistant Matthew Grimes met and took directions from the United Arab Emirates for a two-year period. Assistant U.S. attorney Hiral Mehta told jurors in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday.
Barrack used closeness with the former U.S. President to help the UAE gain access to Trump and the then top administration officials, Mehta said. Barrack got Trump to talk about the importance of working with our gulf allies in a campaign speech about energy in 2016 at the UAE s behest.
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Barrack was never under any control and his lawyer Michael Schachter argued that he was acting as a foreign agent and was nothing short of ridiculous.
The idea that Tom Barrack was controlled by anyone is nonsense, he said.
He did things because he wanted to, according to Schachter, who said he is an innocent man. The New York Times said that anyone operating under the control of foreign governments or foreign officials, other than diplomats, must register with the U.S. attorney general.