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In Barrack Trial As UAE Agent He Calls Cassis Citing Kushner Now US Says Just Loyalty

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EDNY MEDIA ROOM, Oct 21 – Thomas Barrack and Matthew Grimes, indicted for illegal lobbying for the United Arab Emirates, were arraigned on July 26, 2021 before U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara. Inner City Press live tweeted it here (and podcast here)

On October 21, the defense called as a witness Brady Cassis, an associate at Paul Hasting in DC. He was present and took laptop notes at the June 20, 2019 DOJ interview of Barrack. But the US immediately opposed admission of the notes that he took. Judge Brian M. Cogan sent the jurors to the jury room in order to hear argument.

At 2:22 pm, Judge Cogan said he would be admitting the notes, and allowing cross-examination on the issues. Then it was said, We are not getting to Mr. Barrack's testimony today.

At 2:44 pm, on direct examination by Barrack's lawyer, Cassis said he did not hear the government representatives at the interview ask Barrack if he used other applications, or downloaded one. He also said the US did not record the session. But it shows up in the indictment...

At 3:10 pm, more of Cassis' notes were shown, about Bannon's relationship with MBZ and "Erik Prince / Blackwater;" and a flight to the Middle East including "the actor Rob Lowe."

After Cassis read off his noted about Jared Kushner saying "legacy will be Palestine - Israel" and that the rest of the Middle East was "inconsequention," the prosecutor on cross-examination tried to show the Cassis only remembered what he wrote down. He emphasized that as a lawyer - albeit a $250,000 a year associated who was sent out to get coffee - Cassis was found to be loyal to Barrack. Watch this site.

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Analysis: Because of the possibility of (success) appeal to any conviction under Section 951, on a claim that the jurors confused it with FARA, the attempt is made to keep FARA out of testimony as much as possible. But what about the jury instructions? Watch this site.

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