As I wrote earlier this week…
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.
This began with Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani. Clinton Special Counsel Jack Smith is now escalating by going after 3 Trump lawyers.
Those lawyers are M. Evan Corcoran and Jennifer Little, both of whom were subpoenaed for testimony and records, nearly all of them possessed by Mr. Corcoran, by Mr. Smith’s team during the investigation. According to the indictment, Mr. Trump told Mr. Corcoran that he wanted to be at Mar-a-Lago when Mr. Corcoran did a search, and that Ms. Little did not have to be there.
Mr. Corcoran, in particular, could prove to be a pivotal witness should the case go to trial, given that he recorded extensive audio notes about his dealings with Mr. Trump concerning both the receipt of the subpoena and the search of boxes in a storage room at Mar-a-Lago undertaken in an effort to comply with it.
A federal judge allowed prosecutors to pierce attorney-client privilege and obtain testimony and most of Mr. Corcoran’s notes. Several damning excerpts from them were quoted in the indictment, apparently showing Mr. Trump trying to get around the demands set forth in the subpoena.
The indictment also mentions a third lawyer — Trump Attorney 3 — who signed an attestation, at Mr. Corcoran’s request, certifying that a “diligent search” of “the boxes that were removed from the White House to Florida” had been conducted and that “any and all responsive documents” had been found. Prosecutors say the attestation signed by that lawyer, Christina Bobb, was false because Mr. Trump had already directed Mr. Nauta to move several boxes in a way that kept them from being searched.
So we’re up to five lawyers now. Five.
The junta didn’t just do this with one lawyer, they did it with five and there’s no reason to think that they’ll stop there.
I don’t believe that there’s a single case where five attorneys for the same defendant had attorney-client privilege violated. This is likely unprecedented in American history.
Apart from the illegitimately obtained evidence, fruit of a poisoned tree, the idea here is to intimidate lawyers.
There are now stories about how Trump can’t find top-drawer legal help. Not surprising when lawyers who take him on as a client know that they will be investigated, their notes seized, possibly prosecuted and certainly forced to testify against their client.
Not satisfied with setting fire to the first and second amendments, the leftist coup against the republic has decided to also burn down the fifth amendment.