Joyce White Vance, a former US attorney and legal expert, said Sunday that former President Donald Trump had the worst legal week he’s ever seen after two of his White House attorneys testified for six hours during a key investigation .
Trump faced setbacks in several investigations into his behavior last week, including the Justice Department probe into the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots — when a mob of his supporters violently protested the 2020 election results — and an investigation into whether he was improperly stored had secret documents at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida after leaving the White House.
The latest blow to his legal defense came Friday when former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Assistant Counsel Patrick Philbin testified for six hours before a grand jury as part of the Jan. 6 investigation.
Vance, during an appearance on MSNBC The Katie Phang Show said Sunday her testimony contributed to what she sees as “the worst legal week Trump has ever seen.”
“These are the people who dated Trump. They had daily access. They understood what was going on. They were trying to avert disaster and activity that spills into crime — where that line is,” Vance said.
Vance said she believes they likely made “a lot of substantive testimonies” based on the time they spent before the grand jury. She said they “won’t just adopt the Fifth Amendment” or “assert executive privileges.”
According to CNN, the hearing largely focused on the Jan. 6 investigation. But Vance speculated that they could also have testified about the investigation of the classified documents.
“It is unprecedented for a former president to be prosecuted after leaving office,” she said. “But here we have two separate ones. We actually have to speculate whether these witnesses are talking about this or that case. That in and of itself tells us how serious this is.”
Trump suffered major legal troubles last week
Testimonies from Trump’s former attorneys aren’t the only legal losses Trump suffered last week. The losses follow his announcement that he is running for president in 2024.
On Thursday, a federal court overturned an earlier decision that allowed a special examiner selected by Trump’s attorneys to review the documents implicated in the DOJ’s investigation. Legal experts called the decision a “massive DOJ win” because federal investigations can now use these documents as part of their investigations.
Meanwhile, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, must testify in an investigation in Georgia about his call with her Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, in which the former president allegedly asked him to “find enough votes.” “. tip the election in his favor.
In New York, attorneys have delivered their closing arguments in a tax fraud lawsuit against the Trump Organization. The jury is scheduled to receive the case for consideration on Monday.
news week has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.
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