Tom Barrack, the head of the inaugural committee for former President Donald Trump, was cleared on Friday by a Brooklyn, New York, jury after two days of deliberation of all charges relating to Department of Justice allegations that Barrack had worked as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates without somehow informing the government.
Barrack, a close friend and former fundraiser for the president, was also exonerated of allegations that he had misled the FBI about his actions.
After the verdict, he pleaded “God to bless America” and thanked the federal court jury. “The system is amazing,”
He exclaimed, “I’m so moved by them and the system.”
According to NBC News, Barrack’s co-defendant in the case, Matthew Grimes, who was also found not guilty, said, “I just feel grateful.”
Although Barrack had never registered as a foreign agent, prosecutors claimed that he used his long-standing acquaintance with Trump to give UAE officials access to and information about the 2016 campaign and later, the White House itself. The maximum possible sentence for that offense is ten years in prison.
He was also accused of obstructing justice and lying to investigators in 2019.
According to NBC, Barrack said he intended to visit the Statue of Liberty and have “a drink” to commemorate his acquittal.
Even though Grimes was never the major target of the investigation, his lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said that if the jury had found him guilty, he would be “charged with serious felonies here that would have changed his life”
The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives’ House Republicans issued what they referred to as a “1,000 Page Report” on the politicization of the FBI and DOJ on the same day as the Friday decision. They actually published a 50-page study with 1,000 pages of appendices, none of which offered any new material.
Whistleblower accounts suggested that the FBI has been utilized more as a political weapon than a law enforcement organization, and the report revealed numerous issues inside the organization. The report’s main conclusion is that it revealed “FBI leadership abusing its law-enforcement authority for political reasons.”
The bureau’s Washington hierarchy has been referred to as “rotted at its core” and as having sustained a “systemic culture of unaccountability” by whistleblowers.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
The report accused the FBI of inflating statistics regarding domestic extremism to support President Joe Biden’s narrative that such extremism is a growing threat.
That allegation falls in line with the committee Republicans’ claim that the report “highlights how the FBI has weaponized the federal government against its political opponents.”
Last month, another Trump ally, former senior adviser Steve Bannon, was sentenced to four months in prison and a $6,500 fine for ignoring a subpoena from the so-called House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. CONTINUE READING…