Former Trump inauguration chair Tom Barrack pleads not guilty to illegal lobbying for UAE

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Former Trump inauguration chair Tom Barrack has pleaded not guilty to charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ABC News reports.

Why it matters: Barrack is accused of using his connection to Trump to advance UAE interests during the former president's campaign in 2016 and when later informally advising the administration on foreign policy positions.

Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.

  • Filings by the Department of Justice allege that Barrack has ties to senior leaders of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, two countries that currently lack extradition treaties with the U.S.

  • After authorities arrested him last week, Barrack posted a $250 million bail to get out of jail. While he awaits trial, a judge's order restricts him to New York, California and Colorado.

What he's saying: "Of course I am innocent of all these charges and we will prove that in court," Barrack said in a statement following his arraignment, according to ABC News.

  • "Three miles from here, standing in the middle of New York Harbor, is the Statue of Liberty, with a torch in her hand signifying enlightenment," he said. "That statue is made of steel with a patina of copper. We’re in the middle of a very heated moment and I can only tell you that the hardest steel is forged from the hottest fire."

More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting