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Fri Mar 17, 2023, 03:07 PM

Trump attorney ordered to testify before grand jury investigating former president

Source: CNN Politics

CNN — In a monumental ruling Friday, a federal judge has ordered Donald Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to provide additional testimony as part of an investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. Corcoran has the potential to become one of the most crucial witnesses in special counsel Jack Smith’s criminal investigation into possible mishandling of classified records after the Trump presidency and obstruction of justice.

District Judge Beryl Howell said in an order under seal that Justice Department prosecutors have met the threshold for the crime-fraud exception for Corcoran, the source said. The decision hands Trump yet another loss under seal in court as his team and allies have tried to hold off Smith’s investigators from learning about direct conversations the former president had with some of his closest advisers.

The development is particularly notable because of accusations prosecutors would have made about Trump as they argued to the judge for the grand jury testimony. Corcoran, an attorney-turned-witness, had previously testified to the grand jury but declined to answer some questions, citing attorney-client privilege. The department argued to the judge he should not be able to avoid answering, because his discussions with the former president may have been part of an attempt to plan a crime.

Howell’s ruling is one of her last on sealed grand jury disputes as chief judge. The Obama appointee has repeatedly green-lit Justice Department requests to pursue information about Trump’s actions during her tenure as chief of the DC District Court, but she rotates out of the administrative role on Friday.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/17/politics/evan-corcoran-testimony-trump-lawyer



Article updated.

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CNN — A federal judge has ordered Donald Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to provide additional testimony as part of an investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

The judge said in an order that Justice Department prosecutors have met the threshold for the crime-fraud exception for Corcoran, the source said.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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Reply Trump attorney ordered to testify before grand jury investigating former president (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Mar 17 OP
Botany Mar 17 #1
agingdem Mar 17 #2
Fiendish Thingy Mar 17 #3
2naSalit Mar 17 #4
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 17 #5
nuxvomica Mar 17 #6
BumRushDaShow Mar 17 #7
Danascot Mar 17 #8
BumRushDaShow Mar 17 #9
msfiddlestix Mar 19 #12
republianmushroom Mar 17 #10
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 17 #11
LetMyPeopleVote Tuesday #13

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 03:35 PM

1. This makes me happy!

Jack Smith, "So Attorney Corcoran, "Do you want to take the fall for Trump's crimes?"

Those papers Trump took might very well be evidence of espionage against America.

Lock him up.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 03:38 PM

2. he can be ordered to testify but

will he lie or plead the 5th?...Corcoran knew better than to certify, in writing, all documents had been returned when he insisted Christina Bobb sign her name to the certification of subpoena compliance...so unless the DOJ has the evidence to charge him with obstruction of justice then it's sort of a toss-up as to whether he sacrifices Trump to save his ass..

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 03:44 PM

3. I'm guessing he takes the fifth

Since Howell’s order is under the crime/fraud exception, it only makes sense that Corcoran would plead the fifth, at least initially.

If he gets indicted along with Trump, he might just flip.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 03:52 PM

4. Now we're getting somewhere.

I think we'll be hearing some things by the end of next week.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 04:11 PM

5. Judge rules Trump lawyer Corcoran must testify, people familiar say

This is a big deal. It is not easy to undo the attorney client privilege without proof of real fraud.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/03/17/trump-corcoran-crime-fraud-howell/?utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

A federal judge has at least partially granted a request from U.S. prosecutors request to force an attorney for Donald Trump to testify before a grand jury about the former president’s possession of classified documents after leaving office, according to two people briefed on the decision.

Evan Corcoran had refused to answer investigators’ questions about his interactions with Trump, invoking attorney-client privilege — a principle of U.S. legal practice that says lawyers must keep confidential what they are told by their clients.

U.S. prosecutors argued that there are exceptions to the privilege, including when there is evidence that a client used the attorney’s legal services in furtherance of a crime. In secret court filings and a hearing held behind closed doors last week, prosecutors sought to show Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of Washington that there were grounds for a “crime-fraud exception.”

A federal judge has at least partially granted a request from U.S. prosecutors request to force an attorney for Donald Trump to testify before a grand jury about the former president’s possession of classified documents after leaving office, according to two people briefed on the decision.

Evan Corcoran had refused to answer investigators’ questions about his interactions with Trump, invoking attorney-client privilege — a principle of U.S. legal practice that says lawyers must keep confidential what they are told by their clients.

U.S. prosecutors argued that there are exceptions to the privilege, including when there is evidence that a client used the attorney’s legal services in furtherance of a crime. In secret court filings and a hearing held behind closed doors last week, prosecutors sought to show Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of Washington that there were grounds for a “crime-fraud exception.”

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 04:13 PM

6. Note that the new Chief of the DC District is James Boasberg

As of today, Boasberg, an Obama appointee, replaces Howell as chief. I looked it up because I wanted to make sure it wasn't a Trump appointee.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._Boasberg

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Response to nuxvomica (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 04:35 PM

7. Thank you for that

because that is the one who will be dealing with the "next phase".

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 05:47 PM

8. Beryl Howell

Has been an intrepid defender of democracy. The new guy has big shoes to fill. Hopefully he'll be up to the task.

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Response to Danascot (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 06:16 PM

9. I agree

An unprecedented caseload.

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Response to nuxvomica (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 19, 2023, 11:00 AM

12. Thank you for doing and informing us. I too was concerned about the rotation.

If the next judge in the rotation was a Trump appointee, the risk of it all being dismissed ...

well, you know.

Thanks again.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 06:18 PM

10. I like it

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2023, 06:30 PM

11. This makes me smile

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2023, 10:00 PM

13. The DC Circuit will hear this issue on a very very tight briefing schedule

This briefing schedule is unreal

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