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Lawyer for Trump friend compares prosecution to Japanese internment

In his closing address to a Brooklyn federal jury on Tuesday, attorney for Trump’s friend Tom Barrack suggested that prosecuting him as a foreign agent was similar to the US government rounding up Japanese Americans and placing them in internment camps during World War II.

Defense attorney Randall Jackson compared Barrack to Norman Mineta, the 10-term congressman and former U.S. transportation secretary who, along with his Japanese immigrant parents, was forced to live in an internment camp.

“It was done on the theory that maybe, maybe people were engaged in something like espionage,” Jackson said, adding that when it came to Barrack, the government used the same type of thinking in calling him a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates.

He also referenced the anti-Catholic bias that “made people question President Kennedy.”

“It’s a type of perspective that can allow you to look at a senior corporate executive towards the end of his career…who was just trying to find a way to perform his business tasks and at the same time let the Arab world that America still loves you,” Jackson said. “It’s a perspective that can make it look like some sort of coded and hard-to-understand conspiracy.

Barrack is accused of conspiring to influence former President Donald Trump’s foreign policy as an unregistered agent of the United Arab Emirates and lying about it to the FBI.

In an interview with the federal government, Barrack lied about downloading a messaging app to his phone and arranging meetings between UAE and Trump officials, U.S. attorney Ryan Harris said.

“Mr. Barrack’s value to the UAE was his unique ability to give them his access, give them his influence,” Harris said. “He was going to give them that access, that influence that they needed.”

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Barrack and his personal assistant, Michael Grimes, 29, are accused of working on behalf of UAE operative Rashid Al-Malik Alshahhi to promote the country’s interests during Trump’s campaign and the early years of his presidency.

Jackson said the government was nowhere near proving his client was a foreign agent during the seven-week trial, arguing it made no sense that the private equity bigwig, now 75, , would crown a successful corporate life by betraying the United States

The defense scoffed at what it described as the government’s conspiracy theory – formed during a ‘super secret spy meeting’ in May 2016 with Sheihk Tahnoun, the national security adviser of the United Arab Emirates united, followed a bike ride in Morocco in August.

“The theory is that Sheikh Tahnoun, as he pedals up the mountain, he shouts to Tom, at the bottom of the mountain, who is struggling to climb the mountain, ‘Tom, what do you feel like? ‘idea of ​​betraying your country?’ laughed Jackson. “And Tom is riding his bike and he’s shouting, ‘I would love to betray my country!’ It does not mean anything.”