Former President Donald Trump’s defense attorney Evan Corcoran is due to testify Friday before the grand jury investigating the handling of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago, following a new order from a federal court of appeals, told the CNN a source familiar with the matter.
The US Court of Appeals in Washington said Corcoran must provide additional testimony and turn over documents about the former president as part of the criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of confidential documents.
The source said Trump is unlikely to appeal to the Supreme Court.
In response to the ruling, a Trump spokesperson said, in part, that “there is no factual or legal basis or substance to any case against President Trump” and that “prosecutors only attack lawyers when they have no case.”
The announcement of the three-judge jury in the court of appeals — less than a day after Trump tried to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold — adds momentum to the special counsel’s investigation as it seeks to obtain evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump.
The Justice Department successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that could breach the confidentiality of conversations between the two.
The documents at issue in the case are Corcoran’s handwritten notes and transcribed verbal notes about his representation of Trump in the Mar-a-Lago investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Corcoran previously testified and declined to answer some questions, citing attorney-client privilege. Prosecutors are also seeking access to the lawyer’s notes.
It is not fully known what Corcoran’s testimony and documents would reveal.
Source: CNN Brasil
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