A legal expert expects that some of former President Donald Trump’s inner circle could work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) if indictments are brought against the former president.
The Jan. 6 House Select Committee announced several criminal referrals last week at the culmination of its 18-month investigation. Trump was the main transferee, with the committee asking the DOJ to file charges against Trump for alleged insurgency, obstruction of an official process, conspiracy to make false statements, and conspiracy to defraud the US government.
Also referred for prosecution were John Eastman, an attorney who advised Trump; Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s chief of staff for part of his presidency; Rudy Giuliani, a member of Trump’s legal team and former mayor of New York City; Kenneth Cheseboro, an attorney who advised Trump; and Jeffrey Clark, an assistant attorney general during the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
So far, the DOJ has not filed any charges. According to Harry Litman, an attorney, political commentator, and former DOJ official, several of those referred to Trump could work with the DOJ to protect themselves.
Appearing on MSNBC’s The Sunday Show on Sunday, Litman identified key members of Trump’s inner circle who would most likely step in if the named charges were pursued by the DOJ.
Litman said he expects between six and 10 of Trump’s allies to be “very well suited” as cooperating defendants, including several who have been referred by the House Special Committee for criminal charges.
“Usually in an environment like this, for them it’s a race to the prosecution because there’s a real benefit to being first,” Litman said.
Litman called Meadows, Eastman, and Clark “tailor-made” to be collaborators, but that there were many “co-conspirators.”
“This, like so much else with Trump, is kind of a unique situation. Will they actually be the ‘et, tu, Rudy’? People?” Litman said, speculating that some of Trump’s friends might betray him.
Other legal experts have flagged Meadows as a likely cooperating witness. This month, attorney and former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner appeared on an episode of “The Legal Breakdown” with Brian Cohen and said Meadows may be the key the DOJ needs to further investigate the named charges.
Congress has already accused Meadows of despising Congress for refusing to cooperate with the House Select Committee, and Kirschner speculated that the DOJ might delay filing indictments to get more information from Meadows.
news week contacted the DOJ for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/these-trump-allies-very-well-suited-cooperate-doj-legal-analyst-1769635 These Trump allies ‘very well suited’ to working with DOJ: Legal Analyst