Judge rules Trump lawyer Corcoran must testify, people familiar say

Judge Rules Trump Lawyer Corcoran Must Testify, People Familiar Say - Nibufau4Wai63E7Ahbkr5Cbdtq

A federal judge has at least partially granted a request from U.S. prosecutors request to force an attorney for Donald Trump to testify before a grand jury about the former president’s possession of classified documents after leaving office, according to two people briefed on the decision.

Evan Corcoran had refused to answer investigators’ questions about his interactions with Trump, invoking attorney-client privilege — a principle of U.S. legal practice that says lawyers must keep confidential what they are told by their clients.

U.S. prosecutors argued that there are exceptions to the privilege, including when there is evidence that a client used the attorney’s legal services in furtherance of a crime. In secret court filings and a hearing held behind closed doors last week, prosecutors sought to show Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of Washington that there were grounds for a “crime-fraud exception.”

Howell agreed, said the two people briefed on the matter, who…

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This article was written by Josh Dawsey and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com