Mr. Barrack also challenged five charges against him related to his communications with law enforcement. In June 2019 – months after FBI agents served subpoenas against Mr. Barrack and associates’ company – Mr. Barrack sat down with agents for a voluntary interview in which, prosecutors say he lied about his contacts and activities in relation to Emiratis.
Mr. Barrack’s attorneys said investigators did not record the interview but instead took handwritten notes that obscured Mr. Barrack’s statements.
The indictment describes events that took place between 2016 and 2019. “Why the government waited more than two years, and until after the change of administration, is a question only the government can answer. ,” said Barrack’s attorney.
In his final days in office, Mr. Trump issued a pardon and executive transfer to Mr dozens of people, including supporters and former aides facing federal charges and serving sentences for convicted crimes.
The filing adds that the “prolonged delay” meant Mr Barrack was unable to keep evidence, including records of conversations with Trump administration officials.
“Such communications would disprove the government’s theory that Mr Barrack acted as a UAE agent to betray the United States and instead demonstrate his activities were carried out with the understanding of the United States. know about the campaign and the Trump administration,” the filing reads.
His lawyers noted that Mr. Barrack, while seeking an official position with the Trump administration, sent information widely to the government about his overseas connections and beginning at the end of the year. 2017, he voluntarily met with the investigators of Robert S. Mueller III, special counsel. , during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The investigation by the US attorney’s office in Brooklyn into Mr. Barrack’s ties to foreign leaders stems from that investigation. After Mr. Barrack’s June 2019 meeting with the FBI, his lawyers said, he didn’t hear from the government on the matter until two years later, when they said, dozens of agents had armed men stormed the Los Angeles office where Mr. Barrack was studying. a business meeting and take him into custody.
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