Trump trying to 'run out the clock' with privilege claims to 'cover up potentially criminal conduct': Legal experts
Donald Trump and his allies are trying to "run out the clock" on the Jan. 6 insurrection by claiming executive privilege, and investigators are concerned the courts might let them get away with stalling.
Steve Bannon has already been indicted on contempt charges for refusing to comply with a House select committee subpoena, and investigators are especially interested in speaking to former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark about his conversations with the former president, reported the Washington Post.
“I’m very interested in what kind of plans he was advancing to thwart the presidential election and who he had talked to about those plans,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the committee.
Clark had a unique vantage point on those efforts to undermine a free and fair election, according to legal experts, and could provide evidence that Trump took part in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States, in addition to seditious conspiracy or attempted coercion of government employees into carrying out political activity.
The former Justice Department official might be able to "clearly implicate Trump in any number of conspiratorial crimes,” said former prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, adding that the former president was claiming executive privilege to “cover up potentially criminal conduct.”
President Joe Biden has declined Trump's requests for executive privilege, but the former president is arguing in court that his position allows him to invoke it even after leaving office, which could take months and months to resolve.
“Their goal is obviously to run out the clock before the American people get the truth,” Raskin said. “We’re in a race against the clock here.”
But Raskin said the committee would continue its work while the matter got resolved -- although a court could deal a devastating blow to their work by siding with the twice-impeached one-term president.
“We believe that categorical defiance of congressional subpoenas are a major threat to the rule of law,” Raskin said. “We will not tolerate people simply declaring themselves above the law.”
Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot recalls Bill Clinton flying on financier’s private jet during testimony in Ghislaine Maxwell trial
NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot testified Tuesday about once meeting Bill Clinton on the financier’s private plane. The pilot, Larry Visoki, mentioned Clinton during testimony about an early meeting with a female singer in the burgundy-carpeted cockpit of Epstein’s jet before taking off from Palm Beach airport. The singer, identified in court by a pseudonym, Jane, didn’t appear especially young to Visoki. “You’ll forgive the question, Mr. Visoski, but I think you’ll remember that at the time you saw her, you also remembered she had large breasts. Isn’t that right?” Assistant U.S. Attorney M...
Donald Trump was one of many famous passengers who flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet, a pilot testified on Tuesday.
During Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial, pilot Larry Visoski testified that he remembered Trump flying with Epstein before becoming president.
"I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him," Visoski said.
Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker were also named by the pilot.
Epstein's jet was informally known as the "Lolita Express" because it was also allegedly used to transport underage girls.
"Donald Trump, before he was president, also" flew on Epstein's private planes, the pilot testified."I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him."
And actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker?
"I remember them as well."
— Molly Crane-Newman (@molcranenewman) November 30, 2021