Trump team fights back as he faces MORE legal jeopardy: Tears into ‘fake news’ reports that he deceived lawyers in the classified documents case and ‘crime-fraud’ ruling forcing his attorney Evan Corcoran to testify
- Judge issued sealed ruling Friday that Trump lawyer should testify again
- She wrote letter to DOJ mentioning showing of ‘criminal violations’
- Trump camp blasted ‘illegal’ leaks and said there is no basis to any case
Donald Trump’s camp issued a furious response to a report based on federal judge’s sealed filing indicating a showing of ‘criminal violations’ by the former president as she ordered a Trump lawyer be forced to testify in the documents case.
A Trump spokeswoman blasted a news report as ‘Fake News’ and ‘ILLEGALLY LEAKED,’ after portions of a letter by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell to Special Counsel Jack Smith about the investigation of the former president’s handling of government documents including classified material at Mar-a-Lago.
Judge Howell last week ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to comply with a subpoena to testify, after investigators invoked a ‘crime-fraud exception’ that can override attorney-client privilege. Her sealed order would have him face additional questioning before a grand jury.
Judge Howell wrote prosecutors stating there was a ‘prima facie showing that the former president had committed criminal violations,’ sources told ABC News.
The apparent leak from a sealed ruling and document infuriated Trump’s team – during a week when Trump is facing potential indictment in Manhattan related a ‘hush’ payment scheme with porn star Stormy Daniels.
Donald Trump’s campaign is pushing back against a report based on a judge’s sealed letter on potential criminal violations in conversations being shielded by Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran
‘Shame on Fake News ABC for broadcasting ILLEGALLY LEAKED false allegations from a Never Trump, now former chief judge, against the Trump legal team,’ wrote Trump campaign spokesman Liz Harrington, referencing Judge Howell’s retirement.
‘These leaks are happening because there is no factual or legal basis or substance to any case against President Trump,’ she wrote. ‘This disinformation is on par with Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine and “no-collusion” Mueller speculation, all of which were totally disproven,’ she continued, before expanding the defense to all legal matters Trump is confronting.
‘These leaks are happening because there is no factual or legal basis or substance to any case against President Trump. The deranged Democrats and their comrades in the mainstream media are corrupting the legal process and weaponizing the justice system in order to manipulate public opinion, because they are clearly losing the political battle.’
U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled that Corcoran should testify
More than 100 documents marked ‘classified’ were subsequently identified at Mar-a-Lago during an FBI search following attestations of a diligent search
Former President Donald Trump’s team blasted the developments in federal court, during a week when Trump is facing potential indictment in Manhattan in another case
Howell issued her order last week, her last as chief judge. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals then issued a stay late Tuesday, prompting urgent legal filings by both sides. A ruling could come Wednesday.
All three judges on a three-judge Appeals Court panel who issued the ruling are Democratic appointees, Politico noted. They told Trump’s legal team to specify the documents that form the basis for the battle by midnight Tuesday, with DOJ required to respond by 6 am.
The ‘crime-fraud exception’ can allow for the suspension of attorney-client privilege when the testimony or documents being sought contain evidence of a potential crime. During a previous court appearance, Corcoran, who drafted a letter attesting to a diligent search of Mar-a-Lago, reportedly invoked privilege on some matters.
More than 100 documents marked ‘classified’ were subsequently identified at Mar-a-Lago during an FBI search.
Howell on Friday concluded her seven-year tenure as chief judge with the potentially significant move handing notes made by Trump’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran, to the Department.
The Daily Beast termed the final blow as a ‘parting gift’ to Jack Smith, the special prosecutor appointed by the Justice Department to investigate both Trump’s handling of the Mar-a-Lago classified documents scandal, and his actions on January 6.
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