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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Former President Donald Trump's attorneys are fighting a secret court battle to block a federal grand jury from gathering information from an expanding circle of close Trump aides about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, people briefed on the matter told CNN.

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"The high-stakes legal dispute -- which included the appearance of three attorneys representing Trump at the Washington, DC, federal courthouse on Thursday afternoon -- is the most aggressive step taken by the former President to assert executive and attorney-client privileges in order to prevent some witnesses from sharing information in the criminal investigation events surrounding January 6, 2021.

The court fight over privilege, which has not been previously reported and is under seal, is a turning point for Trump's post-presidency legal woes."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2022-09-23 02:32 PM | Reply

Why is he fighting so hard against showing the world how innocent he is?

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-09-24 02:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This could be a really interesting challenge to the concept of Executive Privilege. Nothing stopping the current Executive from disclosing anything he wants to - it would maybe be a breach of tradition and protocol, but that's the door T**** opened, and the whole Repubican Party walked through it.

#3 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-09-24 03:34 PM | Reply

With this case and the matter that Judge Dearie is working, the Trump argument about privilege could be completely deflated, and if that occurs no document or conversation will be held back from those conducting the investigations. Imagine the 1/6 Committee hearing and seeing all it wants, no witnesses off limits to the grand juries, and state cases (looking at you, New York and Georgia) getting lots of help. People will either testify or go straight to jail. None of the Trump enablers signed up for that, and none believe the promises of pardons, forgiveness and parting gifts from their former boss ...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2022-09-24 04:49 PM | Reply

#3

Yep... Dark Brandon could telepathically restore Trump to the Presidency if he really wanted to.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2022-09-24 05:08 PM | Reply

Dark Brandon could telepathically restore Trump to the Presidency if he really wanted to.

This is not the president you are looking for.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-24 05:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#4 ... With this case and the matter that Judge Dearie is working, the Trump argument about privilege could be completely deflated ...

I saw this article earlier today...

Special master in the Mar-a-Lago case is testing Trump's lawyers to see if they will lie in court, analyst says
www.businessinsider.com

...Raymond Dearie, the special master reviewing government records the FBI retrieved from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, is putting the former president's defense to test, a CNN legal analyst said.

In court hearings this week, Dearie has challenged Trump's attorneys to present evidence to support two of Trump's key claims: that he declassified the documents kept at Mar-a-Lago, and that the FBI planted evidence there....

Though Trump has repeatedly made those assertions in public, his lawyers have steered clear of repeating it in court, where arguments are more closely scrutinized.

Trump's lawyers have argued that defending his declassification claims at this stage could damage their defense in a potential trial, drawing an unimpressed response from Dearie.

In an appearance on CNN Thursday, legal analyst Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor, said that Dearie was seeking to expose Trump's falsehoods.

"The power of our courts is they have a way of bringing out truth. Perhaps a person can get away with fudging the truth in their public statements, in the media, in their private life, in their business. But when you step into a court, ultimately, the judge or the jury will say, fine, that's your allegation, now prove it," said Honig.

"And you can see the tension in Donald Trump's legal team because they will not say the things in court about declassification and planting that he is saying because lawyers have an ethical obligation."

"You cannot make a false statement to a court. You can argue aggressively for your client, you could try to poke holes in what the other side is doing, but you cannot lie. This is really a test for Donald Trump."

Trump's legal team spent weeks persuading federal court judge Aileen Cannon to appoint a special master to review the documents, a move that stalled the FBI's investigation and which the Department of Justice opposed.

But Dearie's appointment appears to have backfired, some analysts say, in light of his tough handling of the Trump team's defense....


Sometimes I wonder .... Could the lawyers for fmr Pres Trump, after working with him, suddenly realized the nature of the person they are dealing with and proffered Judge Dearie for Special Master because they knew how Judge Dearie would run his assignment?

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-24 07:56 PM | Reply

You cannot make a false statement to a court. You can argue aggressively for your client, you could try to poke holes in what the other side is doing, but you cannot lie.

Ruh roh. So much for Lewzer's superpower.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-24 08:04 PM | Reply

" his lawyers have steered clear of repeating it in court, where arguments are more closely scrutinized."

Ya think?!?

Lie on Newsmax, get asked back. Lie in court, get disbarred.

I'd definitely call that "closer scrutiny"

#9 | Posted by Danforth at 2022-09-24 08:25 PM | Reply

@#9 ... Lie on Newsmax, get asked back. Lie in court, get disbarred. ...

Yup.

That is why I am struggling to understand why fmr Pres Trump's lawyers proffered Judge Dearie. They had to know his reputation and history, geesh, politco.com knew it.

Meet the Brooklyn judge now at the epicenter of the Mar-a-Lago records case (Sept 15, 2022)
www.politico.com

I mean, really, fmr Pres Trump's lawyers had to know that.

So why did they apparently intentionally ship fmr Pres Trump downstream? Bad or responsible lawyering?


(and fwiw, I'm noticing the "J" key on this notebook is, let's say, less than responsive.... {sigh})


#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-24 08:44 PM | Reply

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