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Lawyer for Trump ally Tom Barrack pushes prosecutors for evidence in United Arab Emirates lobby case

  • A lawyer for Tom Barrack pushed federal prosecutors to quickly turn over evidence in their criminal allegation that he illegally lobbied the Trump administration for the United Arab Emirates.
  • Barrack is a private equity investor and a close friend of former President Donald Trump.
  • Barrack, who was chairman of Trump's 2017 inaugural fund, stepped down as CEO of Colony Capital in 2020.

Thomas Barrack, Executive Chairman and CEO, Colony Capital, participates in a panel discussion during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.Michael Kovac | Getty Images

A lawyer for Tom Barrack — the private equity investor who is a close friend of former President Donald Trump — on Thursday pushed federal prosecutors to quickly turn over evidence in their criminal allegation that Barrack illegally lobbied the Trump administration for the United Arab Emirates.

Barrack's defense attorney, Matthew Herrington, questioned why he has not yet been given all or most of that material, saying that federal authorities have assembled evidence related to Barrack, 74, for the past four years.

Herrington raised the issue during the first status conference in the case in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, where Barrack and his business associate Matthew Grimes have pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing them of secretly working to advance the interests of the UAE with Trump's 2016 campaign and then during his presidency.

Barrack is free on a $250 million bond, while Grimes is free on a $5 million bond. A third defendant, 43-year-old UAE national Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, remains at large

Barrack's lawyer noted that the documents turned over by prosecutors in the past month do not even include material cited in the indictment against Barrack and the 27-year-old Grimes.

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