Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump are reportedly reaching out to the Justice Department in hopes of shielding conversations with his former adviser from criminal investigation to prevent him from trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
according to CNN, Mr. Trump’s lawyers had “direct communications” with prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., who worked under Thomas Windom, the federal prosecutor overseeing the Jan. 6-related case .
Negotiations between Trump’s legal team and the Justice Department have so far focused on whether Trump can use executive privilege — a legal doctrine that protects communications between the president and his close advisers — to prevent a grand jury from hearing to his conversation. with his former White House aide.
Earlier this week, multiple news outlets reported that one of two Washington, D.C., grand juries investigating the Jan. 6 investigation has questioned two of Trump’s former White House lawyers, former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, and him. Former deputy Patrick Philbin issued a subpoena.
Despite losing the 2020 election, both Mr Cipollone and Mr Philbin have opposed the myriad plans Mr Trump has pursued to keep him in power, while witnesses testifying before a House select committee on Jan. 6 said the two Lawyers are fiercely opposed to Mr Trump’s plan to travel with a riotous mob. His supporters headed to the Capitol on the day of the attack.
Mr Trump’s legal team also reportedly told him he could face prosecution as he pushes to overturn the 2020 election and stay in the White House against the wishes of American voters.
The former president could also face criminal charges in an investigation led by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia, which focuses on his attempts to pressure Georgia election officials to “find” enough non-existent of votes to reverse Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory in Peach State.