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

Trump fundraiser Thomas Barrack pleads not guilty to new charges in UAE lobbying case
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Prosecutors say Trump fundraiser Thomas Barrack used his influence to advance the UAE's foreign policy goals in the United States without registering as a lobbyist.
Thomas Barrack chaired Trump's 2017 inaugural fund and was a frequent White House guest [Alex Wong/Getty-archive]

A billionaire fundraiser for former US President Donald Trump's campaign pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges in a new indictment claiming he illegally lobbied US officials on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.

Federal prosecutors in the New York City borough of Brooklyn last week unveiled nine criminal charges against Thomas Barrack, including for allegedly acting as an unregistered foreign agent and making false statements.

Barrack, the former head of investment management firm Colony Capital, was charged last year in a seven-count indictment.

Prosecutors say Barrack, who chaired Trump's 2017 inaugural fund and was a frequent White House guest, used his influence to advance the UAE's foreign policy goals in the United States without registering as a lobbyist.

The latest indictment claims that Barrack sought investments from UAE sovereign wealth funds at the same time he was lobbying for the country.

Barrack entered his plea in a virtual hearing before US District Judge Brian Cogan.

Jury selection for his trial is scheduled to begin in August.

(Reuters)