It came as a bit of a surprise that the longtime friend of Donald Trump did not skip out on his bail. Tom Barrack was living in Los Angeles, and the court set his bail at $250,000,000. He has the appearance of many of Trump’s allies, like a shark seeking out chum in a bloody ocean. Barrack was charged with breaking a law more akin to anti-spying than a pure white-collar crime of anti-lobbying. He was acting on behalf of The United Arab Emirates (UAE) even as he placed language into the ex-president’s speeches.
An actual billionaire, Barrack could have easily defeated the ankle bracelet, turning over his passport, and remaining in the presence of his attorney at all times. Now, maybe all that money means more to him than 50 years in prison. Certainly, if the courts give him all the years he could earn with his various felonies, that would be more than a life sentence for the 74-year-old real estate mogul.
Regardless, he did show up in court at the U.S. Eastern District of New York. He and Trump have been on the outs for several months, because the ex-president did not like all the attention Barrack was drawing to foreign Trump donations.
As he walked into the courthouse, the guy had a crowd awaiting him. Not to cheer him onward but to heckle him. One called him “traitor:”
‘It’s our democracy! It’s our democracy, not yours. Traitor!’
Another individual referred to his bail money:
‘$250 million is a lot of money. What do you think of that?’
The angry group had one thing right, he was acting against America’s best interests:
‘It’s our democracy, you asshole!’
Barrack was charged with serving as an illegal foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates:
‘Thomas Barrack, a close adviser to former President Donald Trump and chair of his inaugural committee, arrives for a court appearance at the U.S. District Court of Eastern District of New York. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)’
Watch the crowd as he heads inside:
‘Defendant Tom Barrack enters the EDNY in Brooklyn minutes ago. @CBSNews will be inside. His hearing begins at noon.’
— Cassandra Gauthier (@cassgtv) July 26, 2021
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