Federal prosecutors investigating former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents have asked a court to force his attorney, Evan Corcoran, to provide additional testimony, two sources familiar with the Justice Department’s motion told CNN. CNN’s Paula Reid and senior legal analyst Elie Honig explains the significance of the decision. #CNN #News
Continuing with our politics lead and what appears to be the most aggressive move yet in special counsel Jack Smith’s rather aggressive investigation into Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents as CNN’s Paula Reid reports. Federal prosecutors have told the judge they believe there’s evidence of a possible crime or fraud
And they need more answers from one of Trump’s attorneys. The Justice Department making its most aggressive move in its investigation into former President Trump. Prosecutors telling a judge they have evidence Trump may have committed a crime through his lawyer in an effort to compel Evan Corcoran to provide additional testimony
To a grand jury about the former president’s retention of classified material and alleged efforts to obstruct federal investigator They rifled through the first la closet drawers and everything el Sources say in Corcoran’s first grand jury appearance, he invoked attorney client privi to some questions. Investigators now want to ask him about all
That led up to the FBI search of Mar a Lago last August and even did a deep and ugly sea of the room of my 16 year old so leaving everything they touched in a far different condi than it was when they started. Can you believe it? The FBI and the Justice Departme
Have become vicious monsters. Investigators had subpoenaed any classified documents still in Trump’s possession after he turned over an initial of government records to the National Archives. They should give me immediately back everything that they’ve taken from me. Because it’s mine. It’s mine. Corcoran helped to draft a state attesting that there were
No more classified records at Mar a Lago before the FBI scoured the Florida property and found hundreds more. Corcoran is one of three Trump l who have gone before the grand j What they did was to try and criminalize Donald Trump, as they always do. They found these three mundane s
Espionage and the two others obs Attorney Olena Harbor took the s in mid-January prior to the FBI search harbor. Personally looked through severa Trump properties, including Mar a Lago, for documents in a separate civil case against the Trump family busines Trump lawyer Tim Barletta insists his client nothing wrong.
Nothing that we have found has any implications on him pers The special counsel is going to have another legal figh to get testimony from former Vice President Mike Pence on a trip t today, Pence said. He intends to fight the subpoena he received related to the special counsel investigation into January six.
And Jake, he’s relying on a nove legal theory to shield himself from testifying, but says he’ll take the fight all the way to the Supreme Court All right, Paul Arena, thanks so much for that. Appreci Let’s get some additional insigh now from former federal prosecutor and CNN senior legal analyst Ellie Hoenig. Ellie,
What are these latest court fili Tell you is special counsel Jack going after Trump specifically, do you think, for obstruction of Yeah, Jake, I think there’s no question now that Jack Smith is focused squarely on obstruction of justi And I think even more specifical than that, we can tell that
What really is drawing the most is this affirmation, this statement that Donald Trump’s lawyers gave to DOJ last summer saying we’ve now given you all the classified doc It turns out there were many, many more classified documents. And I think DOJ is trying to fig who made that statement,
Who made a knowing falsehood. There’s really two huge indicato First of all, when they got the search warrant to search Mar a Lago in the firs one of the crimes they established to the judge by a preponderance of the eviden not beyond a reasonable doubt, was obstruction. And now we know
They’re going to a judge saying we should get access to these attorney client convers because they related to a crime of obstruction as well. Take us through the ins and outs of attorney client priv What could Trump’s attorney be forced to disclose if the judge goes along with this request? So ordinarily, conversations
Between an attorney client privilege, meaning you don’t have to testif about them. However, prosecutors can break through that privilege if they can establish that the conversations related somehow to an ongoing cr not talking about a crime that was committed in the past. But you and I, as attorney
And client, are talking about so that is a crime itself. If you can establish that then you can get access to testi about what those conversations w And of course, if that’s the cas that will go right to the heart of the obstruction issue here. And how politically significant
Would an obstruction case be or might it add fuel to the fire of all these Republican allegati of the Justice Department being weaponized by the Biden administration? So here’s the real world dilemma that these prosecutors face. Ordinarily, if you’re a prosecut and you want to charge obstruction, it’s
The last count in the indictment You charge whatever underlying c and then obstruction into that. Here’s the crime. Here’s another Here’s another crime. And here’s all the attempts to cover up through obstruction. Exactly. It’s a kicker. It’s an extra point at the end. However, the law says you don’t have to have
An underlying crime. You can just charge obstruction. The Mueller investigation, perfect example. Mueller said there is no conspir crime with Russia, but he suggested there could be evidence of obstr But we remember what the political attack was. Obstruction of what? So legally, you can do that, but it doesn’t carry as much for
With a jury. And I think politically as well. And then that’s what we saw in a number of investigations that ultimately resulted in not guilty verdicts or that were thrown out to not much consternation the idea that they lied to an FB So they weren’t straight with, you know, during the investigati
Not an actual crime. Underlying that, though, Yeah. It’s one of these issues where there’s a difference between what the textbook says. The textbook says, yes, you can charge just obstruc but when you’re standing in front of a jury of 12 normal human beings, they’re going to be thinking, okay, obstruction,
But obstruction of one. And it really undermines your case if you don’t have that
Evan Corcoran is a criminal, so he must also be treated like a criminal. He is not above the law and should be treated by the judiciary like any ordinary citizen. No special rights just because someone is known or rich. The laws are the same for everyone. Anyone who commits crimes must also be punished for it.
Hey Elie, good reporting, but could you please hold your head still, my gosh. .
Of course, they did a 'deep & ugly search' of your 16-year-old son's room.
…and you have only yourself to blame for that, Mr. TeeRump. If you had not shown a propensity to be the lying thief that you are and turned over all the classified documents that you wrongfully-claimed to be your own, a search of their private belongings would not have been necessary. But, what better place to have looked for the missing documents (that you probably intended to sell, at some future point, to the enemies of our Nation), than amongst your son's 'skidmarked' underwear or rolled up in the oversized bloomers belonging to our ex'd 1st-Lady!
It is you who brought this down on yourself and everyone around you. You are just lucky it wasn't in past days when you would have been hung by the neck until dead for committing a similar crime!
do know why they are loving rum then he held accountable he will tell on all of them he will sing like the a pig an cry like a baby
She was never first lady. She's no lady, she just tarnished the title for 4 years.
Its amazing the number of treasonous USA citizens who will show their face in support of a traitor to the USA.
"Unfair", says the Thief who will hide anything anywhere.
How about Biden having all those documents way before he was ever a so called president? And having them in an unsecured fashion?!..
If you think biden is a good president then you need more help than I thought ❤
Just like the Steele dossier, it was not real. CNN ran with false information for years with out investigating what was true. Clinton and FBI in the dossier how the dossier was construction, with money etc was involved as well as political motivation. Be a news stations, not political.
Why would anyone want to be his attorney?
Why hasn't he been indicted yet? This has been going on far too long.
Consequences of ignoring a subpoena!
It’s mine It’s mine just like this indictment coming 😂😂
If you steel documents that are not yours regular people go to jail for less things that you have done
I'll take it all the way to the SCOTUS- Mike Pence. These R's and their fast track to SCOTUS… Wouldn't it be nice if you & I had that option if we didn't like the court proceedings? smh…. I'm sure Clarence & Ginny will be right there to rule on it.
Trump for prison 2023
When are these fools going to stop believing his lies????
Lock him up!!
This is a waste of tax payers money, because Trump is above law.
CNN needs to be prosecuted!!!!!
Lock him up
You should not commit crimes and then it would not have happened.
If you defy a Subpoena You Go Straight to Jail! That goes for Moron Trump, Puny Pence, Ms. Lindsey anyone!
Mr. Trump, you are no longer a factor in this country. Your days are over. Your lies are not working anymore. Nobody cares what you think. Go away and await your fate. You are destined for the garbage pail of history.
LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!
2:01 Espionage is "mundane"? Her statement confirms she had no problem with committing espionage and that she is probably culpable in promoting. #LockHerUp
Crying MAGA tears!
He is the monster 👹
lOOK at his background….old old all FAKE
I can tell you one thing, Jack Smith’s investigation is not half aggressive enough. The book should be thrown at that criminal Trump as hard as it can possibly be thrown. I don’t think people in the United States fully realise just how bad Trump is and was – even those that are anti-Trump.
Aww poor baby. That's what you get when you take shit that don't belong to you! He's such a little whiney fool!
Trumps a way better president than Biden will ever be …..
God. How many easily manipulable folks are there in America?
Like Michael Cohen before them, the time for accountability will arrive for the Trump lawyers who spurned their legal and ethical obligations
Life is a series of decisions that cuts off infinite possibilities at every turn. Most people look at that as a sad unfortunate fact of life. Successful people see it as a
source of tremendous power.
They're NOT yours Meatball Don!!
Lol, you are still going after this…
Don't think CNN will ever leave Trump alone. They all try to make themselves seem so smart. I will never watch CNN.
Bias lying media
Habba knows where the rest of classified ducuments are
So, CNN will Headline the Trump docs (Presidents have the ability), but you can't find the Biden doc developments ANYWHERE on CNN. Which is odd, because a VICE President has ZERO reason to have 3 boxes in 3 different Unsecured locations. 1 in which is KNOWN to have Chinese influence. That's HIGHLY ILLEGAL. And disregards National Security on the Highest lvl possible.
But sure… Lol CNN is such Trash.
Donald Trump should be charged for blackmailing all those people that did his dirty laundry lock him up pronto👨🏼🏭👨🏼🏭👨🏼🏭