Tom Barrack, 74, will be subject to electronic monitoring and largely confined to his residence after he is indicted Monday in a New York court. He was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles near his home.
Barrack is expected to plead not guilty of conspiring to influence US policy on behalf of the UAE during Trump’s 2016 campaign and while Trump was president. Barrack, founder of private equity firm Colony Capital, was one of three men charged in the case.
Prosecutors said Barrack used his longstanding personal friendship with Trump to benefit the United Arab Emirates without revealing his ties to the United States government.
US Magistrate Patricia Donahue in Los Angeles ordered strict conditions for Barrack’s release. You must surrender your passport, use a GPS monitor to track your whereabouts, limit travel between Southern California and New York City, and obey the curfew.
Barrack is charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and making multiple false statements during a June 2019 interview with federal agents. Matthew Grimes, 27, a former executive of Barrack’s company of Aspen, Colorado, and Rashid al Malik, 43, a businessman from the United Arab Emirates who prosecutors say acted as a conduit for the rulers of that nation, were also charged with seven counts. accusation.
Grimes was ordered released on a $ 5 million bond. Al Malik fled the United States three days after an April 2018 interview by law enforcement agencies and remains at large, authorities said. It is believed that he lives somewhere in the Middle East.
Barrack is one of several of the former president’s associates facing criminal charges, including his former campaign chairman, his former campaign vice president, his former chief strategy officer, his former national security adviser, his former personal attorney, and the chief financial officer. from your company for a long time.
Barrack was an informal adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign before becoming the chair of the inaugural committee.
It raised $ 107 million for the lavish celebration that was scrutinized both for its spending and for attracting numerous foreign officials and businessmen seeking to pressure the new administration. The inaugural committee was not involved in the prosecution.
After Trump took office, Barrack informally advised senior US government officials on Middle East foreign policy. He also sought appointment as a special envoy to the Middle East or US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, prosecutors said.
He relayed confidential information about developments within the Trump administration to UAE officials, including how senior American officials felt about a years-long boycott of Qatar carried out by the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries, prosecutors said.
He told al Malik that landing an official position within the administration would allow him to advance the interests of the United Arab Emirates, prosecutors said.
Such an appointment “would give ABU DHABI more power!” wrote to al Malik, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors originally sought to detain Barrack because they said he owned a private jet and was at risk of flight. They also noted that he has citizenship in Lebanon, a country without an extradition treaty with the United States.