Tom Barrack, a billionaire and longtime ally to former President Donald Trump, was cleared of all charges after he was put on trial for being accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Breitbart reported.
He was accused of lying to the FBI about his UAE work and connections.
A former fundraiser for Trump, Barrack also worked on Trump's inaugural committee, and during the course of his trial, he denied that he secretly worked for the Middle Eastern nation on its behalf in an effort to steer U.S. foreign policy and its dealings with the UAE.
Breitbart noted: "The 75-year-old told the Brooklyn court he had arranged meetings between Emirati and White House officials and made media comments praising the UAE government simply because he wanted to, and not at any other party's direction."
The jury in Barrack's trial reportedly took three days to determine his fate.
If he was convicted it would have led every news cast!! Trump ally Tom Barrack found not guilty on foreign lobbying charges - ABC News- If https://t.co/OucNbOYnKZ
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) November 5, 2022
Upon hearing the jury's verdict, Barrack could be heard saying, "God bless America."
Barrack explained his relief to reporters, saying he was thrilled that the jury was able to comprehend "such complex and believable facts in front of them. … I'm proud to be an American."
President Trump issued a response to Barrack's court victory through his Truth Social platform.
The former president said Barrack "should have never been charged or tried" in the first place, and slammed his critics for continuing what he's long described as a political witch hunt against him and virtually everyone with which he ever worked.
Barrack's co-defendant, former aide Matthew Grimes, was also found not guilty, and told reporters that he felt "grateful" for the positive outcome.
Only time will tell, but sadly, Barrack and Grimes probably are not the last people in Trump's orbit to face juries in the coming months and years.