Attorney-client privilege went from a sacred trust furiously defended by lefty lawyers to just another “common misconception” when it came to getting Trump.
After targeting Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani, it’s no surprise what the Clinton non-independent special counsel’s strategy was.
The two indictments filed so far against former President Donald J. Trump — one brought by the Manhattan district attorney, the other by a Justice Department special counsel — charge him with very different crimes but have something in common: Both were based, at least in part, on the words of his own lawyers.
In short, attorney-client privilege was once again shredded as it routinely is in totalitarian states. And with it, the Fifth Amendment.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the liberal legal establishment was attacking the FBI for listening in on chats between terrorists and their lawyers. Defenders of Lynne Stewart, who was passing messages to terrorists on behalf of the Blind Sheikh, claimed that the government had violated attorney-client privilege and the Fifth Amendment by catching her in the act.
Stewart’s indictment was described as the ‘death knell’ for the right to counsel. Meanwhile, Democrats repeatedly violating attorney-client privilege to go after a sitting and former president is no big deal.
Mr. Corcoran’s notes, first recorded into an iPhone and then transcribed on paper, essentially gave prosecutors a road map to building their case.
Of course, they were.
Why bother building a case when you can just read the other side’s notes?
That is how prosecutors work in China and Russia. And now in America.