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Disliking Trump Is Okay for Jurors in Longtime Ally Tom Barrack’s NYC Trial, Judge Rules

  • Tom Barrack claimed more than 30 potential jurors were biased
  • Trump friend goes on trial this month for acting as UAE agent
Tom Barrack arrives at criminal court in New York on July 26, 2021.

Tom Barrack arrives at criminal court in New York on July 26, 2021.

Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

New Yorkers who have “some dislike” of Donald Trump can be considered for the jury in the trial of a longtime friend of the former president, a federal judge ruled.

Colony Capital Inc. founder Tom Barrack, who served as Trump’s inaugural committee chair, and his assistant, Matt Grimes, had sought to exclude more than 30 prospective jurors from their trial later this month on charges that they acted as illegal foreign agents. Those people showed “a disqualifying level of bias” in juror questionnaires, defense lawyers said.