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Trump inauguration head pleads not guilty to being foreign agent

Tom Barrack Jr., founder of Colony Capital Inc., right, arrives at criminal court in New York, U.S., on Monday, July 26, 2021. Barrack and U.S. prosecutors have reached agreement on a bail package that will allow him to be freed ahead of a trial on charges that he illegally lobbied the government on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, according to people familiar with the case. Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

(NEW YORK) — The chair of former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, Tom Barrack, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he used his connection to Trump to illegally lobby for the United Arab Emirates.

Barrack flew across the country from California, where he was arrested last week, for his arraignment in Brooklyn federal court.

Barrack was released on a $250 million bond, secured by $5 million in cash. The judge ordered that his travel be limited to New York, California and Colorado, where he will live pending trial.

He was also ordered to take only commercial flights, with no private jets, and is prohibited from making any foreign financial transactions or from making domestic transactions above $50 thousand.

The bail package was requested by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Reilly, who asked for a bail package “substantially similar” to what was imposed on Barrack in California.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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