Former prosecutor: ‘President Trump may have been betrayed by Barrack’

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with attorney Robert Mintz about the arrest of Tom Barrack, a billionaire and one of former President Donald Trump’s close friends.
2:27 | 07/21/21

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Transcript for Former prosecutor: ‘President Trump may have been betrayed by Barrack’
And former federal prosecutor Robert Mintz now of the law firm with Carter in English thanks so much for joining us tonight mr. Mintz. The prosecutors' allegations here and if they are truth is this a clear violation of the law. They're very serious violations bees they really go to the integrity. US foreign policy. Whether or not outside countries trying to influence. The way US government officials make foreign policy decisions so they're series charges apparent violation carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Based on the allegations in the complaint and they're just allegations at this point. But the allegations suggest that there is a concerted effort by mr. barrack to try to influence that'll be campaign and subsequently the administration of president trop. These are points up or it's great they wish list of items that the UA wadded. Out of the United States and there are other examples of pumpkin points trying to affect campaign speeches. And I'm passing along nonpublic information. Critical meetings to heal a peak so it's true there is a large amount of evidence here that would suggest that the defendant here may be guilty of this crime. And of course as we recently mentioned Tom Barrick was a close associate of president trump. Is there any indication in this indictment and all the trump did anything wrong or does it pink -- as a potential victim of barracks deception. Now it's exactly that is says that president trump may have been betrayed by mr. barrack he didn't. I know is that the heroism outside it's what's going on here mr. Zacks act. On behalf of the UAE about its allegiance was anything either to the United States so president trump. Is painted here as the victim of this crime certainly there's no evidence yet in any involvement whatsoever. And failing to register as a foreign agent what's known as a Farrah violation isn't prosecuted very often. And this is really an outgrowth of the Lawler investigations are we seeing more of these can't kinds of cases. We are we saw all manner toward having pled guilty to that president's former campaign manager. Pre gates the deputy campaign manager also pleading guilty to its Arab violation and it is direct outgrowth of the Mueller investigation. Which looked into Russian influence the twice sixty election isn't a further example of the potential for outside countries influencing US foreign policy. It's a serious privacy policy more prosecutions in the years to come. Mr. Robert Mintz a thank you so much return tonight. And yeah.

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