Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire non-public fairness investor and shut ally to former President Donald J. Trump, pleaded not responsible on Monday to prices of unlawful lobbying for the United Arab Emirates.
The not-guilty plea places Mr. Barrack heading in the right direction for a high-profile trial that’s prone to engulf Mr. Trump and the close-knit enterprise world that aided the previous president’s rise to energy. Mr. Barrack served as a key fund-raiser to Mr. Trump all through his time in workplace, together with a stint as chairman of Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee.
Earlier this week, Mr. Barrack was launched on $250 million bond and ordered to put on a GPS location-monitoring bracelet always, in line with a Justice Division spokesman. Mr. Barrack, 74, entered the plea throughout a Monday look in Federal District Court docket in Brooklyn, the place he was arraigned on prices that he acted as an unregistered agent of a overseas energy, obstructed justice and lied to the F.B.I.
Mr. Barrack is considered one of a number of of Mr. Trump’s former aides, fund-raisers and associates to face prison prices. He was charged alongside a enterprise affiliate, Matthew Grimes, 27, who was freed on $5 million bond. Mr. Grimes can also be required to put on a monitoring machine and is topic to a curfew from 10 p.m. to six a.m.
In response to the seven-count indictment laid out by federal prosecutors, Mr. Barrack used his relationship with Mr. Trump’s marketing campaign to advertise the Emirates’ agenda on the behest of senior Emirati officers.
As soon as Mr. Trump was elected, the indictment states, Mr. Barrack invited senior Emirati officers to provide him a “want listing” of overseas coverage actions they needed Washington to take throughout the first 100 days, first six months and first yr of Mr. Trump’s time period, and by the top of it, prosecutors stated.
Glenn Thrush contributed to this story.