Matthew Sanderson Talks to POLITICO About Tom Barrack Trial

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WHAT FARA EXPERTS WILL BE LOOKING FOR IN THE BARRACK TRIAL: Ahead of this week’s trial on foreign agent charges for former Trump campaign adviser and real estate investor Tom Barrack and his former aide Matthew Grimes, PI spoke with around a half dozen FARA experts to see what they’ll be keeping an eye out for as the trial progresses, with the future use of DOJ’s relatively new tool for prosecuting foreign influence cases potentially on the line.

Caplin & Drysdale’s Matthew Sanderson, who co-chairs the American Bar Association’s FARA task force, said in an interview that he’ll be keeping an eye on how much prosecutors emphasize one of the lesser charges Barrack faces, lying to investigators, as a signal of how strong the government believes the foreign agent charges are. “If they're really leaning heavily on [the false statements charge] and they end up spending a ton of time on that, I think that signifies some feeling of weakness,” he argued.

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