Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys are fighting a secret court battle to block a federal grand jury from gathering information from an expanding circle of close Trump aides about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, people briefed on the matter told CNN. Under grand jury secrecy rules, the legal dispute is under seal, with no public documents to show the state of play.
The high-stakes legal dispute – which included the appearance of three attorneys representing Trump at the Washington, DC, federal courthouse on Thursday afternoon – is the most aggressive step taken by the former President to assert executive and attorney-client privileges in order to prevent some witnesses from sharing information in the criminal investigation events surrounding January 6, 2021.
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The secret court fight over privilege, which has not been previously reported & is under seal, is a turning point for Trump’s post-presidency legal woes.
It included the appearance of 3 attorneys representing Trump at DC federal courthouse on Thursday.https://t.co/x4bcLKnHF4
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) September 23, 2022