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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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is ordered to testify in abortion case after fleeing home to avoid subpoena

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxtonhas been ordered by a federal judge to testify in a high-profile abortion case just a week after he fled his home to avoid receiving a subpoena for the lawsuit.

The paxton-to-testify-in-an-abortion-lawsuit/” data-ylk=”slk:Dallas Morning News” class=”link “Dallas Morning News reports that US District Judge Robert Pitman ordered Mr Paxton to testify on Tuesday. He’s asking the attorney general’s office to explain how it plans to enforce the state’s wide-ranging abortion ban that threatens violators with prison time and hundreds of thousands in fines.

The case in question involves a group of Texas abortion funds that filed a lawsuit seeking legal protection for their work, which includes paying for flights, hotels, and other expenses of Texan women seeking to travel out of state for abortions.

The groups had to halt their work after the overturning of Roe v Wade earlier this year, which — due to Texas trigger laws — created a near total abortion ban in the state.

Mr Paxton has tried to avoid having to testify in the case. Last week Mr Paxton fled his home to avoid being served a subpoena related to the lawsuit. The process server said he witnessed Mr Paxton turn and run into his house when he approached and called the attorney general’s name.

“A few minutes later I saw Mr Paxton RAN from the door inside the garage towards the rear door behind the driver side,” the process server, Ernesto Martin Herrera, wrote in the affidavit. “I approached the truck, and loudly called him by his name and stated that I had court documents for him. Mr Paxton ignored me and kept heading for the truck.”

After Mr Paxton received negative press coverage for running away from the lawsuit, he claimed he felt threatened by the

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