MOMENTUM: Not one, but two, grand juries motion toward possible Trump indictments
In two separate cases, prosecutors are taking steps to bring Donald Trump and his legal representation before a Grand Jury.
In one case, Trump has already been invited to share his side of the story, and in the other, prosecutors believe they can compel testimony from his attorney, Evan Corcoran, through an exception to attorney-client privilege that only arises when the attorney’s advice may have been used to commit crimes.
Trump has been ‘invited’ to testify before a Grand Jury that is examining hush money payments he allegedly made to Stormy Daniels during his 2016 campaign.
It’s one of the more low-key, and perhaps low-expectation, cases he’s currently facing, but the move to question him, or allow him to present his view of events to the Grand Jury, could be a hint that the panel is wrapping up their work and could produce results soon.
At the same time, the Justice Department is working through their case regarding the classified documents found in his Mar-a-Lago home (after he’d, through an attorney, sworn that all were returned to the National Archives), and they’re making a big move.
They’re determining whether they should use the crime-fraud exception that would negate attorney-client privilege, and question Evan Corcoran about whether advice he gave Trump was used to obstruct the investigation.
In the past few weeks, the revelation surfaced that before the FBI executed a search warrant on Trump’s property, at least one box was moved off-site, though it was later turned over to Special Counsel Jack Smith — along with a laptop onto which digital copies of the documents were transferred.
This seems to have intensified the investigation into possible obstruction. The Guardian reports:
“In the sealed hearing before the chief US district judge for the District of Columbia Beryl Howell, prosecutors argued that they had reason to believe that legal advice…was used by Trump to obstruct the classified-marked documents investigation…Howell did not rule on Thursday on whether to grant the justice department’s motion…”
As for Trump’s testimony, New York allows the target of a criminal investigation to request an invitation to speak to the Grand Jury, although defense attorneys don’t typically recommend it, and it’s not clear whether the former president made such a request, according to the Washington Post.
However, people close to the investigation believe this may mean the panel is nearing completion of its work.
Trump lashed out on Truth Social this week, responding to the long list of prosecutors and Grand Juries (recall, one just finished in Fulton County Georgia, and we’re still waiting to hear whether indictments are coming from that case), claiming that this was a political attack intended to “rigg[sic] the election.”
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“The Democrats are using their Prosecutors to try and steal another Presidential Election…I beat them twice, did MUCH BETTER the second time, and they don’t want to do it again — Will be a lot tougher for them to Cheat and Rigg the Election, and that’s why they are using their City, State, and Federal Prosecutors.”
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.