Donald Trump has tried to claim executive privilege to protect himself from the January 6th Committee’s investigation, and there’s already been a ruling that he doesn’t, as a former president, have the power to do so. That didn’t stop an attorney from trying to assert the same privilege, at a hearing in which Trump wasn’t even a party.
Donald Trump is not a member of the executive branch, as an attorney for the plaintiffs was forced to explain in court Friday. Marjorie Taylor Greene was on the witness stand, expected to answer questions about her role in the attack on Congress last January, in order to determine whether the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause disqualifies her from running for office again.
When she was asked whether she spoke to Trump, in advance of the January 6th convention of Congress to confirm the electoral vote, the possibility of imposing martial law to contain any potential violence, and for any other benefits of control it might allow. Her attorney, James Bopp Jr, interrupted to try to assert privilege for his other client, who is not a party to this case (but could be affected by its outcome).
Question: Did you discuss the idea that there should be martial law prior to the inauguration
Lawyer: I’m going to have to object. I actually represent the President and that’s covered by executive privilege pic.twitter.com/uCCGSmHwrm
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 22, 2022
“I’m going to have to object. I actually represent the President of the United States and that’s covered by executive privilege,” Bopp claims.
(Donald Trump is not the President of the United States.)
The attorney for the plaintiffs quickly responds, explaining that Donald Trump is not a member of the executive branch and cannot as such claim executive privilege, and that Bopp is supposed to be in court on Greene’s behalf, not Trump’s.
The judge can be seen shaking his head in frustration as he orders Greene to answer the question.
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