DOJ Wants To Compel Trump Counsel To Testify In The Documents Investigation- According to numerous sources who have spoken with ABC News, Justice Department investigators looking into how former President Donald Trump handled classified documents after leaving office have asked a judge to waive the attorney-client privilege and order one of Trump’s attorneys to testify before a grand jury.
The crime-fraud exemption, which permits the suspension of the attorney-client privilege in situations where it is suspected that legal services were provided in the commission of a crime, is the premise on which the DOJ is making the request, according to sources.
ABC News has previously reported that DOJ officials said in a filing last summer that Trump’s attorneys certified in early June that a “diligent search” of the Trump estate at Mar-a-Lago yielded just 38 classified documents, all of which were securely stored in a single storage room.
When FBI officers raided the location two months later, they discovered more than 100 additional classified documents, some of which were within Trump’s office desk and not in the storage facility, according to the DOJ.
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Presently, prosecutors are attempting to compel Evan Corcoran, one of the Trump attorneys who certified the information to investigators, to respond to the grand jury’s inquiries.
They also want Corcoran to comment on one of Trump’s current senior advisers.
An inquiry from ABC News for comment received no immediate response from Corcoran or a Trump representative.
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