The Justice Department of Joe Biden is seeking to use “brute legal force” to get Evan Corcoran, a lawyer of Donald Trump, to testify against the former president, a report reveals.
A DOJ Weaponized Against Trump
The Biden administration’s investigations against Trump – over his alleged “plot” to overturn the 2020 election and his “mishandling” of classified government documents – have long seemed like attempts at political repression.
That is especially the case, considering lingering doubts about the 2020 presidential vote and the fact that Trump announced in November he was running for the White House in 2024.
A new report in Politico now reveals that Jack Smith, the DOJ special counsel who leads both Trump probes, is now trying to use legal means in order to force one of the lawyers of Trump, Evan Corcoran, to help the investigation by testifying against him.
The report notes the federal prosecutor is seeking to crush attorney-client privilege claims for Corcoran by insisting the lawyer was used for performing crime or fraud, which would make the privileges null and void.
On those grounds, Smith is asking a federal judge to order Trump’s lawyer to give testimony to a grand jury in the probe. This is a probe into how about 100 classified US government documents ended up in the former president’s home in Florida.
The Biden special counsel’s attempt to go after Trump in a questionable way was revealed by several outlets, including the Associated Press, which cited anonymous sources with knowledge of the situation.
Corcoran, who is a former federal prosecutor himself, last year took part in delivering some of the classified documents under a grand jury subpoena.
Corcoran also participated in the preparation of a declaration that all records had been provided. The document was eventually modified and signed by another of Trump’s lawyers, Christina Bobb.
The move represents the most aggressive yet by special counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the investigation. The case and filing remain under seal.https://t.co/wXz8Wn32wX
— Lise Latulippe Fully Vaccinated and Boosted (@lise_latulippe) February 15, 2023
Jack Smith tells a federal judge to invoke the crime-fraud exception to pierce attorney-client privilege to force new testimony from Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran because there’s evidence Trump used his attorney to crime. Who knew Smith was such a badass. pic.twitter.com/mRHQU48vFI
— anyone_want_chips (@anyonewantchips) February 15, 2023
Justice Department tells court there’s evidence of a crime in bid to force more answers from Trump attorney
Special Counsel Jack Smith has made his most aggressive move arguing that Trump's lawyer, Corcoran, forfeited his right to attorney-client privilegehttps://t.co/hBltH6j5dh
— Neal Rudin (@ZagoZana) February 15, 2023
Chances Are Biden’s Legal Goons Get Their Way
The Politico report acknowledges it remains unaware of what sort of “criminality” Biden’s special counsel, Jack Smith, believes he would achieve by getting Corcoran’s testimony.
However, unsealed court records have proven federal prosecutors previously convinced a judge to issue the search warrant for the FBI’s infamous raid of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The magistrate in question succumbed to the federal prosecutors’ claims that there had been evidence Trump was involved in obstruction of justice and classified information crimes.
A spokesperson for Jack Smith refused to comment on the reports. Trump’s lawyer himself has not commented yet, either.
A spokesperson for Trump reacted by describing the DOJ special counsel’s classified documents probe as a “politically motivated witch hunt.”
The Trump aide blasted the “weaponized” Justice Department, which lost any regard for “common decency” and legal rules.
Smith’s motion to force Corcoran’s testimony is expected to be heard by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell, who was appointed by Joe Biden’s ex-boss, Barack Obama.This article appeared in Mainstpress and has been published here with permission.