Trump lawyers in talks with Justice Department about January 6 criminal probe
August 05, 2022 at 00:33
(CNN) Former President Donald Trump's legal team is in direct communication with Justice Department officials, the first sign of talks between the two sides as the criminal probe into January 6, 2021, accelerates, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
The talks revolve around whether Trump would be able to shield conversations he had while he was president from federal investigators.
In recent weeks, investigators have moved aggressively into Trump's orbit, subpoenaing top former White House officials, focusing on efforts to overturn the 2020 election and executing searches of lawyers who sought to aid those efforts.
The Trump team's discussions are with the US attorney's office in Washington, DC, which is in charge of the investigation, and its top January 6 prosecutor Thomas Windom, the sources said.
The Justice Department has been anticipating a court fight with Trump over executive privilege.
The issue has arisen as grand jury subpoenas have been issued to two former White House counsel's office officials and to former Vice President Mike Pence's chief counsel and chief of staff.
Trump's legal defense team has warned him that indictments are possible, sources tell CNN.
Trump has grilled his attorneys on whether they actually believe he will face formal charges, sources said.
Yet the former President has expressed a heavy dose of skepticism that he will be indicted, one of the sources familiar with the matter said.
"President Trump will not be deterred by witch hunts or kangaroo courts from continuing to defend and fight for America, our Constitution, and the Truth."
Former White House attorney Ty Cobb said Meadows is "perfectly positioned to be the John Dean of this mess," referring to the former Richard Nixon aide who offered crucial public testimony during the Watergate hearings.
Yet, according to a source familiar with the relationship, Trump and Meadows have spoken a number of times.