Trump’s Lawyer Forced To Testify

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( – Evan Corcoran, Trump’s attorney has been called by a federal judge to testify before the grand jury in relation to the case of the classified documents found in former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

In a sealed ruling U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell states that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that Corcoran’s legal advice had been provided furtherance of a crime. This is one of the few determinations that can be used to compel an attorney to answer questions that might have otherwise been protected by the attorney-client privilege.

This is a particularly important win for the Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith who is now going to be able to turn Corcoran into a key witness in the case relating to the more than 300 classified documents found in Trump’s home.

Prosecutors have previously claimed that the removal of the documents and transportation to Mar-a-Lago could potentially have meant that there was a violation of the Espionage Act.

Corcoran has been Trump’s representative in all the cases that the Justice Department is investigating. He had also acted as his representative while the department had tried to get the documents from Mar-a-Lago returned to the National Archives.

The department had made repeated attempts to get the documents back, which included a June subpoena sent to the former President. Corcoran at the time had provided a folder with only 38 documents. He was also the lawyer who reportedly drafted a letter that certified there were no other documents in Mar-a-Lago.

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