CHICAGO — Jurors in R. Kelly’s Chicago federal trial were excused Tuesday evening after deliberating fewer than four hours without reaching a verdict, and are expected to return Wednesday morning to continue their discussions. The panel began deliberating about 1 p.m. Tuesday after more than eight hours of closing arguments over two days. Kelly, 55, faces an indictment charging him with 13 counts of producing and receiving child pornography, enticing minors to engage in criminal sexual activity, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Also charged are former Kelly associates Derrel McDavid and Mil...
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The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress wants a judge to do a review of 562 documents that they think were falsely described in privilege logs.
They're asking for an on camera review of "(1) the validity of Dr. Eastman’s privilege assertions, (2) whether Dr. Eastman has waived any applicable privileges, and (3) whether Congressional Defendants’ compelling need and/or the crimefraud exception overcome any applicable privileges."
They went on to say that the reason they want the review to be done on camera is that Eastman's lawyer has been "unreliable" in the past.
"As just one example, this Court previously addressed a photograph (Chapman025905, attached as Ex. A) that Dr. Eastman had described as a 'handwritten note re issued for anticipated litigation,' but which turned out to be a photograph of a Trump campaign rally with a handwritten note stating: 'TIMES 50 SUCH EVENTS – NO WAY THIS LOSES.'"
They explained that this is not an example of attorney-client privilege.
The filing goes on to cite a number of emails that were held back that it turns out the committee had access to possibly through other means. One revealed Eastman and Trump attorney Ken Chesebro mocking the former president's overly inflated wealth.
'Stop the Steal' lawyers mocked Trump's wealth behind his back — then tried to block the emails from being released
On Monday, POLITICO's Kyle Cheney reported that new emails reveal several attorneys involved in former President Donald Trump's scheme to overturn the 2020 presidential election privately made fun of Trump's claims of wealth and his deals to funnel public money into his family business.
The attorneys, John Eastman, Bruce Marks, and Ken Chesebro, had tried to block these emails from being released publicly, claiming that they were an attorney work product.
"Am at Trump International in NYC, so I'm feeling extra inspired to work on the President's cases!!" said Chesebro in a reply thread that included Eastman and Marks. "A shame you are not in DC and could contribute to violation of the emoluments clause," replied Marks.
"I'm staying at Trump International DC from Jan 3 to at least the 8th," wrote Chesebro, referencing Trump's controversial D.C. hotel that was eventually sold off as a money-loser. "Doing my part to curry favor with the President by by lining his (empty) pockets!"
Eastman is widely considered one of the main architects of the plot to overturn the election, with his infamous memo outlining how people in swing states could declare themselves fake Trump electors, after which Vice President Mike Pence would use them as a pretext to throw out the legitimate electors and throw the overall count to Trump.
The plan was broadly considered illegal by experts, as well as by Pence himself. Eastman, who even admitted himself there was no basis for it in law, has faced investigations over this scheme, and the possible suspension of his law license.
Trump asked lawyer to tell National Archives all documents had been returned -- but he refused: report
A new report from the Washington Post claims that an attorney representing former President Donald Trump refused a request to tell the National Archives earlier this year that all government documents the president took with him to his Mar-a-Lago resort had been returned.
The reason for the refusal, according to the Post's sources, was simple: He wasn't sure if all the documents had, in fact, been returned.
The Post's report states that Trump asked attorney Alex Cannon to make the assertion to the National Archives this past February, shortly after Cannon had facilitated the transfer of 15 boxes worth of material from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives.
What's more, the Post's sources say that "Trump himself eventually packed the boxes that were returned in January," that added that "the former president seemed determined in February to declare that all material sought by the archives had been handed over," despite the fact that FBI would later find multiple boxes of government records at the resort, including multiple documents with the "Top Secret" classification label.
The Post's report goes on to state that Cannon's refusal to validate Trump's false claims about having returned the documents could be used against him if the Department of Justice pursues obstruction of justice charges against him.
"If Trump continued to pressure aides to make false statements even after learning the Justice Department was involved in retrieving the documents, authorities could see those efforts as an attempt to obstruct their investigation," the paper writes.