The Department of Justice is intensifying its investigation into former Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, as well as in the classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Special counsel Jack Smith in the past few weeks has sent a number of subpoenas to key allies of the former President calling for them to testify before a grand jury. Both former Vice President Mike Pence and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, have received subpoenas from Smith to discuss the president’s actions ahead of the Capitol riot.
The Justice Department is also trying to get an exception to the attorney-client privileges that Trump’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran has. Corcoran would be brought in to testify in the case relating to the classified documents found in Mar-a-Lago. The exception would potentially be granted on the grounds that Corcoran had been providing legal advice relating to the furtherance of a crime.
Approaching high-level targets for testimony is normally done during the late stage of an investigation, which points to Smith’s investigation regarding Jan. 6 potentially reaching an end soon. Meanwhile, calling for Corcoran to testify shows that the Justice Department will be pursuing a more aggressive tactic as they try to determine who has committed criminal activity.
Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, further pointed out that for Corcoran to be brought before the court there are “high levels of supervisory approval of the United States Department of Justice,” required.