Lawyers representing former President Donald Trump are reaching out to the Justice Department in hopes of shielding conversations with his former advisers from the criminal investigation into his attempt to sway the results of the 2020 election.
According CNN, Trump’s lawyers have been in “direct communication” with prosecutors with the US attorney’s office in Washington, DC who work under Thomas Windom, the federal prosecutor overseeing cases related to January 6.
Talks between Trump’s legal team and the Justice Department have so far focused on whether Mr. Trump can use executive privilege — a legal doctrine that protects communications between and among a president and his close advisers — to prevent the big jury to hear about conversations he had with his former White House aides.
Earlier this week, multiple news outlets reported that one of two Washington, D.C., courts investigating on Jan. 6 subpoenaed two of Trump’s former White House lawyers, former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his former deputy , Patrick Philbin.
Both Mr. Cipollone and Mr. Philbin have opposed Mr. Trump’s myriad plans to stay in office despite losing the 2020 election, and a witness who testified before a House committee on Jan. 6 said both lawyers strongly opposed the Mr. Trump’s plan to accompany a riotous mob. his supporters at the Capitol on the day of the attack.
Trump’s legal team also informed him that he could face charges as a result of his push to overturn the 2020 election and remain in the White House against the wishes of American voters.
The former president could also face criminal charges stemming from an investigation led by the Fulton County, Georgia district attorney’s office, which centers on his effort to pressure Georgia election officials to “find” enough absentee ballots to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. in the Peach State.