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Trump Ally Barrack Loses Bid to Toss Charges He Was UAE Agent

  • Colony Capital founder must face trial with ex-aide Grimes
  • Judge says FBI documents on Barrack interview must be unsealed
Tom Barrack Jr., center, arrives at criminal court in New York, in July 2021
Tom Barrack Jr., center, arrives at criminal court in New York, in July 2021Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg
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Colony Capital founder Tom Barrack failed in his bid to have a US judge dismiss charges that he illegally tried to influence Trump administration policies on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.  

US District Judge Brian Cogan ruled Wednesday that Barrack and his former assistant, Matthew Grimes, must stand trial in Brooklyn, New York, on charges they didn’t register as foreign agents with the attorney general. Barrack, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, faces separate charges he made false statements to the FBI.