There are many people in Donald Trump’s orbit who are now facing legal problems. The Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, was recently arrested. And Rudy Giuliani, a friend of the former president and sometimes a lawyer, has his apartment searched in New York City.
Today, Tom Barrack, a Trump fundraiser who spearheaded the 2017 inauguration fund, was arrested on serious charges. While the charges don’t necessarily involve Trump, Elie Honig explained why the evidence is overwhelming.
Host Jake Tapper asked: “According to the charges, Tom Barrack had a dedicated cell phone with a secure messaging app with the purpose of communicate with seniors in the United Arab Emirates officials. Based on what you have seen so far, does this sound like a compelling case for you? “
“The evidence is not only strong but overwhelming to me ”, Honig saying. “This is a 46-page indictment, it goes into great detail. Really the main crime here has three components. One, Barrack was pressing United States Government, and not just lobby, but successfully in the way that Evan just exposed. Two, I was doing it in the name from the United Arab Emirates? It seems the DOJ has emails and texts that prove just that. And, third, Barrack could not register with the DOJ as an alien lobbyist? They seem to have a strong case for me “.
CNN’s Elie Honig says the evidence against Trump’s ally Tom Barrack is overwhelming. pic.twitter.com/dUkzdNqmTb
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The legal analyst continued and was then asked if Barrack could flip. Absolutely possible “, answered. Any defendant has to think hard about that because, in general speaking, the best way to save yourself to reduce your own risk of prison time is cooperating with prosecutors. Important to take into account in the federal system, whichever cooperate has to count everything they know about anything they did or anything someone else did and will be willing to declare. Barrack was in charge of the Inaugural 2016 Committee, which at one point it was reportedly being investigated by the DOJ as well.”
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based technology and policy writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com, and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spending time on the beach with his family.