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Who is Evan Corcoran, Trump lawyer with outsized role in documents case?

June 11 (Reuters) – Evan Corcoran, a lawyer hired by Donald Trump to fend off a federal investigation into his handling of sensitive documents, is now a central figure in the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal case against the former president.

The shift from lawyer to potential witness in the case is a sharp turn for Corcoran. The former Republican congressman’s son is described by former colleagues as soft-spoken and diligent, known for his steady presence in the courtroom and an affinity for fly fishing.

Corcoran, 58, was not charged in the indictment unsealed on Friday. It presents him as a key Trump confidant who was deceived by the former president as he allegedly sought to stymie Justice Department efforts to recover classified documents he kept at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after leaving the White House in January 2021.

The 37-count indictment said Trump suggested to Corcoran that he falsely tell the Justice Department that he did not have any sensitive documents to turn over after a May 2022 subpoena.

“Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?” Trump asked, according to an account by “Trump Attorney 1” detailed in the indictment.

The indictment does not identify Corcoran by name, but a source familiar with the situation told Reuters that he is the lawyer listed as “Trump Attorney 1” in the document.

In an unusual move, Corcoran, a former federal prosecutor, was forced to testify and turn over detailed notes to a grand jury weighing evidence in the Trump documents probe after a U.S. judge ruled he could

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Trump lawyer must turn over documents on classified records, court rules

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in a sealed order Wednesday directed a lawyer for Donald Trump to turn over to prosecutors documents in the investigation into the former president’s retention of classified records at his Florida estate.

The ruling is a significant win for the Justice Department, which has focused for months not only on the hoarding of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, but also on why Trump and his representatives resisted demands to return them to the government. It suggests the court has sided with prosecutors who have argued behind closed doors that Trump was using his legal representation to further a crime.

The order was reflected in a brief online notice by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The case is sealed and none of the parties in the dispute is mentioned by name.

But the details appear to correspond with a secret fight before a lower-court judge over whether Trump lawyer M. Evan Corcoran could be forced to provide documents or give grand jury testimony in the Justice Department special counsel probe into whether Trump mishandled top-secret information at Mar-a-Lago.

Corcoran is regarded as relevant to the investigation in part because last year he drafted a statement to the Justice Department asserting that a “diligent search” for classified documents had been conducted at Mar-a-Lago in response to a subpoena. That claim proved untrue as FBI agents weeks later searched the home with a warrant and found roughly 100 additional documents with classified markings.

Another Trump lawyer, Christina Bobb, told investigators last fall that Corcoran had drafted the letter and asked her to sign it in her role as a designated custodian of Trump’s records.

A Justice Department investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith and his team of

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Trump Lawyer Ordered to Turn Over Mar-a-Lago Case Documents

(WASHINGTON) — A federal appeals court in a sealed order Wednesday directed a lawyer for Donald Trump to turn over to prosecutors documents in the investigation into the former president’s retention of classified records at his Florida estate.

The ruling is a significant win for the Justice Department, which has focused for months not only on the hoarding of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago but also on why Trump and his representatives resisted demands to return them to the government. It suggests the court has sided with prosecutors who have argued behind closed doors that Trump was using his legal representation to further a crime.

The order was reflected in a brief online notice by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The case is sealed, and none of the parties in the dispute is mentioned by name.

But the details appear to correspond with a secret fight before a lower court judge over whether Trump lawyer M. Evan Corcoran could be forced to provide documents or give grand jury testimony in the Justice Department special counsel probe into whether Trump mishandled top-secret information at Mar-a-Lago.

Corcoran is regarded as relevant to the investigation in part because last year he drafted a statement to the Justice Department asserting that a “diligent search” for classified documents had been conducted at Mar-a-Lago in response to a subpoena. That claim proved untrue as FBI agents weeks later searched the home with a warrant and found roughly 100 additional documents with classified markings.

Another Trump lawyer, Christina Bobb, told investigators last fall that Corcoran had drafted the letter and asked her to sign it in her role as a designated custodian of Trump’s records.

A Justice Department investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith and his team

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President Biden’s aides won’t establish a legal defense fund to pay lawyer bills

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s aides have ruled out the creation of a legal defense fund to help pay for any personal legal fees in response to investigations, such as the special counsel probe into his handling of classified documents, according to three people familiar with the matter .

One of the people said the president’s closest advisers had not even discussed with him the idea of ​​creating a legal defense fund because “there’s no reason to; there’s not going to be one.”

The president’s advisers decided against establishing such a fund because of concerns about questions that could be raised if he did, including that doing so might generate political blowback or give the appearance there’s potential wrongdoing he needs to defend, two of the people familiar with the matter said.

The amount Biden has accrued in personal legal bills for matters related to investigations, specifically the classified documents probe, is unclear, and the White House has declined to say how those bills are currently being paid.

A spokesperson for Biden’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, declined to comment on the specific nature of his compensation arrangements with the president, saying in a statement that “the engagement is directly between the president and his personal lawyer that in no way involves the use of taxpayer dollars.” Biden had another private lawyer, Patrick Moore, working on the classified documents investigation, though he no longer represented the president.

Biden’s 2020 campaign and the Democratic National Committee both have ongoing financial relationships with prominent law firms, including retainer agreements. Those arrangements could help cover some of the president’s legal bills, as well as for individuals who worked for him, according to people familiar with the matter.

The amount that law firms receive could change, though, if their workload increases either as the special

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Charges Against Trump Lawyer ‘Very Likely,’ Colleagues Warn Donald

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Since early January, several of Donald Trump‘s close advisers, including some of his own lawyers, have met with the former president to deliver him the same stark warning. In at least three meetings this year, according to two sources familiar with the matter, legal and political counselors to Trump have urged him to dump Evan Corcoran, one of the ex-president’s top attorneys in the federal probe into Trump’s handling of classified documents.

Some of the former president’s lawyers have explicitly told Trump that, based on information they have privately reviewed, they believe the Department of Justice has a strong case against Corcoran, arguing charges — including potentially for obstruction of justice — are “very likely,” the sources said. These advisers have argued that if the Justice Department indeed does come for Corcoran, it’s imperative for Trump to distance himself to avoid being dragged into possible further legal jeopardy by his own attorney.

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Trump, the sources say, sounds “receptive” to their perspective. However, as of mid-February, it appeared he wasn’t as receptive as they had hoped: Corcoran is still on Trump’s legal team.

Corcoran and representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone‘s requests for comment.

During a grand juryappearance in January, prosecutors reportedly asked Corcoran questions about events prior to last year’s FBI raid of Trump’s Florida residence of Mar-a-Lago, according to CNN. Corcoran drafted, and fellow Trump attorney Christina Bobb signed, a statement attesting to the government that a “diligent search” had been conducted of the Florida residence in May of 2022 — a statement which the subsequent discovery of classified material during the FBI search has been undermined . Corcoran reportedly declined to answer some questions based on his belief that

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Trump Lawyer Hires Own Attorney in Classified Documents Probe

(Reuters) – A lawyer for former President Donald Trump retained an attorney to represent himself as prosecutors step up their inquiry into the handling of sensitive documents at Trump’s Florida residence, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

Evan Corcoran, who has represented Trump in interactions with the government over presidential records taken to his Mar-a-Lago resort, has turned to Michael Levy, a prominent white-collar lawyer in Washington, according to people familiar with the matter.

Levy was hired by Corcoran’s law firm, Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White, to represent Corcoran in the probe, according to one of the people.

Levy, a principal at the Washington law firm Ellerman Enzinna Levy, declined to comment.

Corcoran has appeared before a grand jury in connection with US Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into classified documents taken to Mar-a-Lago following Trump’s term in office and possible attempts to obstruct that probe. He appeared before the grand jury in early January, according to a person familiar with his appearance.

The New York Times reported this week that US prosecutors are seeking to question Corcoran again, asking a US judge to pierce attorney-client privilege by arguing that they’ve uncovered evidence of a crime.

Corcoran communicated with both the National Archives and US Justice Department last year as the government sought the return of presidential records taken to Mar-a-Lago, according to documents released as part of a lawsuit Trump filed last year seeking an independent review of materials the The FBI seized at Mar-a-Lago.

Another Trump lawyer, Christina Bobb, signed a certification that all classified documents had been returned before the FBI found about 100 additional classified documents during an August 2022 search, according to prosecutors.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and claimed, without offering evidence, that all documents at his residence have been

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No Classified Materials Found In Search Of Biden’s Home, Lawyer Says

UPDATES: 12:55 pm — President Joe Biden’s personal attorney announced Wednesday that FBI agents found no classified documents at the leader’s Rehoboth, Delaware, home.

“The DOJ’s planned search of the President’s Rehoboth residences, conducted in coordination with the President’s attorneys, has concluded. The search was conducted from 8:30 AM to noon. No documents with classified markings were found,” Biden’s attorney Bob Bauer said in a statement.

They did take “some materials and handwritten notes that appeared related to his time as Vice President,” he added.

FBI agents are conducting a “planned search” of President Joe Biden’s Rehoboth, Delaware, home for classified documents, the president’s lawyer Bob Bauer said Wednesday.

“Today, with the President’s full support and cooperation, the DOJ is conducting a planned search of his home in Rehoboth, Delaware,” Bauer said in a statement.

Bauer said Biden agreed to follow the Justice Department’s standard policy to not provide “advance public notice” for the search.

“The search today is a further step in a thorough and timely DOJ process we will continue to fully support and facilitate,” Bauer said, adding that further updates will be provided once the agents conclude their work on the property.

The White House previously said it had found no classified records at Biden’s Rehoboth home, according to NBC News. Biden purchased the home in 2017, according to the local Cape Gazettewhen he was no longer vice president.

Classified files have been found in Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home and a former office in Washington.

The FBI in November searched the office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, according to The Associated Press, at least a week after Biden’s team notified the National Archives that his lawyers had found a small number of classified documents in a locked closet. It’s unclear if

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FBI finds no class. docs at Biden beach house

By Eric Tucker, Colleen Long and Zeke Miller | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation searched President Joe Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday without finding any classified documents, the president’s personal attorney said. Agents did take some handwritten notes and other materials relating to Biden’s time as vice president for review.

The attorney, Bob Bauer, said FBI agents spent three and a half hours searching the house and that, “No documents with classified markings were found.”

He added, “Consistent with the process in Wilmington, the DOJ took for further review some materials and handwritten notes that appear to relate to his time as vice president.”

Wednesday’s search marked the third time in as many months that agents have scoured Biden’s property in a search of classified documents that he may have improperly held.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI on Wednesday searched President Joe Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, marking the third time in as many months that agents have scoured his property in search of classified documents that he may have improperly held.

The search, disclosed by Biden’s personal lawyer, is the latest discouraging moment for a president who has sought to contrast his sensitivity to rule-following with that of his predecessor Donald Trump, who faces a criminal investigation into his handling of classified documents. It shows that an investigation that had simmered quietly for weeks was continuing rather than fading away as Biden, who has said he was surprised by the records discovery, presumably hoped.

Though it was not immediately known whether any additional classified documents were found during Wednesday’s search, the fact the FBI undertook it on its own reflected the Justice Department’s determination to retrieve

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Five more classified documents found at Biden’s Wilmington home, lawyer says

Five more classified documents from President Biden’s time as vice president were found at his Wilmington, Del., residence on Thursday, the White House said Saturday.

Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, said in a statement that one classified document was found in a room adjacent to Biden’s garage on Wednesday night. The lawyers who discovered that the document did not have security clearances and paused their search as a result, Sauber said.

Sauber, who has a security clearance, arrived Thursday night to facilitate the transfer of documents to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages,” Sauber said. “The DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of them.”

The discovery of five more documents brings the total number of materials with classified markings found at Biden’s old office and Wilmington home to roughly two dozen. Biden arrived at his Wilmington residence on Friday night. He is set to spend the weekend there, as he does frequently.

Sauber referred further questions to the special counsel who was appointed Thursday to review the matter moving forward, and he reiterated that the White House would cooperate with the special counsel.

“The President’s lawyers have acted immediately and voluntarily to provide the Penn Biden documents to the Archives and the Wilmington documents to DOJ,” Sauber said in a statement. “We have now publicly released specific details about the documents identified, how they were identified, and where they were found.”

Attorneys for the president found roughly 10 documents with classified markings on Nov. 2 at a Washington, DC, office Biden used from 2017 to 2019 while working as an honorary professor for the University of

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Biden stored additional classified docs at Delaware home

Five more pages of classified documents were discovered in President Biden’s Delaware home this week, the White House admitted Saturday — adding further fuel to the furor surrounding his careless and “alarming” handling of government secrets.

The additional pages were found Thursday – hours after the White House acknowledged a single page of classified material had been found in Biden’s personal library, near the garage where he had stored other restricted documents dating from his time as vice president.

With the new discovery, a total of six classified pages have emerged from Biden’s Wilmington home — while the total number of sensitive documents found in the home’s garage and in the office of his DC think tank remains unknown.

White House special counsel Richard Sauber said he found the newly disclosed material in “a room adjacent to the garage” of Biden’s home when Department of Justice officials arrived to retrieve the single classified page.

“While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages,” Sauber said. “The DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of them.”

US President Joe Biden welcomes Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to the White House.
The additional pages were discovered after hours the White House acknowledged a single page of classified material had been found in Biden’s personal library.
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Biden’s lawyers halted a search of the room Wednesday evening when the single classified page was found – because the aides who were conducting the sweep lacked security clearances to lay eyes on anything else they might find, Sauber said.

Republicans scorched the president over the slow-rolling scandal.

“Joe Biden and the Biden Crime Family are corrupt and significant threats to national security,” House Republican conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik told The Post.

“The fact that federal

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