Trump attorney testifies before federal grand jury in documents probe

Washington — An attorney for former President Donald Trump testified for over three hours before a federal grand jury convened by special counsel Jack Smith, who is investigating the potential mishandling of documents with classified markings, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Evan Corcoran was spotted in the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Friday, ahead of his expected testimony, and made his way to the area of the building where grand juries hear testimony. These proceedings are sealed from public view under federal law.

Prosecutors are interested in knowing more about Trump’s communications with Corcoran — who appeared before a grand jury once before and claimed attorney-client privilege — and planned to question him about notes and voice memos he was compelled to turn over, one of the sources said.

A federal judge ruled Corcoran’s claims of attorney-client privilege over certain topics were invalid and compelled the lawyer to answer questions about aspects of his work with Trump and turn over evidence to investigators based on the “crime-fraud exception.”

On Wednesday, an appeals court rejected the Trump team’s request that Corcoran’s testimony be put on hold to allow for further litigation. The appeal is still ongoing, however, and a briefing schedule stretches into the spring, but in the meantime, the court ruled Trump’s attorney would have to comply with a federal subpoena and sit before the grand jury on Friday.

The special counsel likely sees Corcoran not as a potential subject of the criminal probe, but as a possible witness in the events leading up to and following the execution of an FBI search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in August that resulted in the seizure of more than 100 documents marked classified.

According to two sources, prosecutors think the attorney might offer a behind-the-scenes

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Why Did Trump Bench Chris Kise, His Newest Legal-Team Add? Experts Weight in

After a new member of Donald Trump’s legal team was allegedly “sidelined” in the investigation into sensitive documents secreted from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home, some legal experts weighed in on the potential reasons for the shift.

Legal scholar Laurence Tribe tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he wondered if Trump had “yanked” a $3 million fee he’d reportedly agreed to pay Chris Kise.

“Or maybe he never actually paid Kise up front?” Tribes added. “Either way, quitting seems the only smart move Kise made since signing on with Trump.”

Former federal prosecutor and CNN legal analyst Jennifer Rodgers asked if the shift in Kise’s role meant that his team anticipates Trump might be charged soon in a Georgia investigation into his actions following the 2020 presidential election.

“Would make sense for Kise to lead the GA case defense with his state law experience and Trusty to stay on the fed case,” Rodgers said, referring to another Trump lawyer, James Trusty.

Newsweek reached out to a Trump spokesperson for comment and confirmation on the alleged changes involving Kise.

Kise Reportedly Sidelined in Mar-a-Lago Probe
Chris Kise, part of former President Donald Trump’s legal team, leaves the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building & Courthouse after a hearing in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 1, 2022. After Kise was reportedly “sidelined” in the investigation into sensitive documents hidden from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home, some legal experts weighed in on the potential reasons for the shift.
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CNN, citing two sources familiar with the matter, reported Tuesday

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