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In Barrack Trial As UAE Agent He Says Unaware of Subpoenas When Spoke with FBI

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EDNY MEDIA ROOM, Oct 31 – 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 31, as the trial headed to conclusion, Barrack's lawyers wrote to EDNY District Judge Cogan: "there is zero evidence in the record demonstrating that Mr. Barrack was aware of grand jury subpoenas being issued to his “associates” prior to scheduling his June 20, 2019 interview with the FBI. The Government established that Brady Cassis, and other attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP, knew that grand jury subpoenas had been issued to Mr. Barrack’s associates (because they also represented those individuals), see Tr. at 3880-81, but the Government never asked Mr. Cassis if that information was conveyed to Mr. Barrack and the Government otherwise introduced no evidence to show that such information was known to Mr. Barrack." Full letter on Patreon here

On October 28, after the charging conference, the US Attorney's Office filed a letter including the names to be added, and more: "Dear Judge Cogan: The requested changes are as follows: Identifier to Replace True Name to Add Location in Charge Emirati Official 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan (“MBZ”) Page 49, Lines 16, 31, 33 Page 50, Lines 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 18, 20, 21, and 23 Emirati Official 2 Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Page 49, Lines 16, 32, 34 Page 50, Lines 2, 3-4, 6, 8, 9 Emirati Official 4 Khalifa Al Ghafli Page 49, Line 15 U.S. Person 2 Stephen Bannon Page 50, Lines 18, 19, 21, 22 ." Full letter on Patreon here.

Prevous full 14 page letter on Patreon 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 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." 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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