Former President Donald Trump is currently embroiled in a number of high-profile probes into his personal, presidential, and financial lives, but to no avail to those investigating him. This is Teflon Don, after all, and nothing seems to stick to the wildly popular conservative politician.
But that could be changing, after a secret DOJ hearing in which Trump’s legal team was present.
Lawyers for former President Donald Trump appeared for a “secret” hearing in a Washington, D.C., federal courthouse on Thursday, which appears to be for talks surrounding the high-profile investigation into his handling of documents.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer spoke with senior justice correspondent Evan Perez, who said Trump’s legal team, including Evan Corcoran, Jim Trusty, and Lindsey Halligan, appeared before Chief Judge Beryl Howell in a sealed courtroom with the Justice Department’s legal team that is handling the investigation into documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago by the FBI. Video footage from Thursday afternoon showed the lawyers walking on a sidewalk. Perez said they would not say what exactly was being discussed, and reporters were not allowed in the courtroom as the matter is under seal.
There were accusations that Trump had not returned all of the documents sought by the National Archives.
“We know this was really the backdrop of all of this is the Justice Department’s push for Trump to turn over whatever additional documents that at least the Justice Department believes are still missing and may still be in the possession of the former president,” Perez added. “They have continued to maintain that they believe there continues to be government documents that are missing, and they want the former president to figure out whether they are still in possession at one of his properties and how to turn them back over to the federal government.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the documents sought by the National Archives were declassified by he himself before leaving office, but he has not yet used that argument in court.