Trump ally Tom Barrack to take the stand in his foreign lobbying trial, attorney says

Former Trump inaugural chair Tom Barrack will take the stand to testify in his own defense in his criminal trial on charges that he illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, his attorney said in court Friday.

Barack, whose testimony was not expected, is fighting charges that he acted as a foreign agent of the UAE from 2016 to 2018 without registering, which prosecutors say constitute a crime.

Prosecutors earlier this week rested their case against Barrack, a California-based billionaire who ran Trump’s 2016 inaugural committee and has been a longtime friend of the former president. Barrack began presenting his defense on Wednesday, and his testimony comes as the almost five-week trial is nearing its end.

The trial has seen testimony from a number of former Trump administration officials and has at times offered a glimpse into the inner workings of the Trump administration in its earliest days.

Former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testified on behalf of Barrack on Thursday, and earlier former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified for the prosecution.

Prosecutors also read to the jury dozens of communications between Barrack and Trump aides including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Paul Manafort, and Rick Gates.

In one exchange, Barrack emailed one of his UAE contacts in May, 2016, that he had “intercepted” a UAE sheikh who had “reached out to the Trump Organization to Jared … to try and set up a meeting.”

PHOTO: Tom Barrack, a former advisor to former president Donald Trump, leaves U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in a short recess during jury selection for his trial, Sept. 19, 2022, in Brooklyn, N.Y.barrack-gty-er-221021_1666375907597_hpMain_16x9_992.jpg”/

Tom Barrack, a former advisor to former president Donald Trump, leaves U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in a short recess during jury selection for his trial, Sept. 19, 2022, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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“I told him to cancel that is bulls—,” Barrack wrote days later regarding a separate potential meeting.

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America First Legal launches ‘Woke Wagon’ database to reveal ties of Biden admin officials

EXCLUSIVE: A conservative legal group is launching a “Woke Wagon” database of the personnel information of Biden administration employees — in an effort to provide transparency and highlight what they say are the woke and radical ties of many of those working in the administration.

America First Legal is launching the database, which will be a public-facing, searchable trove of resumes and other personnel information of employees in the Biden administration. It is in some ways a mirror version of the Trump Town database launched by ProPublica during the Trump administration.

Gene Hamilton, who worked as a senior Justice Department lawyer in the Trump administration, told Fox News Digital that there is never the same demand for transparency in Democratic administrations as with Republican administrations — and that his group is seeking to change that.

“There are many, many, many, many decisions being made by political appointees in the departments and agencies all across the administration and the American people don’t even really know who these people are,” he said.

STEPHEN MILLER’S AMERICA FIRST LEGAL LOOKS TO DEAL ‘SIGNIFICANT BLOW’ TO ‘WOKE CULT’ IN YEAR AHEAD

“They didn’t vote for them, they didn’t go through Senate confirmation, and so this is about ensuring that the American people can have the level of transparency and insight into who it is that’s being put into these positions of trust and making the key decisions that are being made across the Biden administration,” he said.

AFL has been filing Freedom of Information Act requests to get documents, including salary information, ethics waivers. It has also sued non-responsive agencies and now has a “critical mass” of information.

The database currently includes hundreds of contacts and documents, and is designed to be easily accessible by journalists, think tanks and regular Americans looking

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