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Trump’s appeals court ruling lifted a shield of executive privilege for former aides

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(CNN) Former President Donald Trump is appealing a court ruling that would have forced several of his former aides, including Mark Meadows, to answer questions before a grand jury as part of a criminal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, two sources familiar with the matter said. he told CNN.

A mid-career ruling from U.S. District Judge Beryl Hoyle, then chief federal court in Washington, it was one of several defeats the former president suffered in his efforts to use allegations of executive privilege to block testimony from his former aides and allies in the Justice Department. Special Counsel Investigations.

Another place the Hadith rule Khalifa Howl. Executive privilege to Chief Justice James Boasberg declined to challenge former Vice President Mike Pence’s subpoena. Justice granted Pence some protection under a constitutional provision designed to shield legislative activities from certain law enforcement actions. It is not clear if either side will appeal Boasberg’s decision.

Last year, Trump’s former White House adviser, Pat Cipollone, and his running mate, Patrick Philbin, appeared for reconsideration before a grand jury after Trump lost an apparent executive privilege challenge targeting their appearances.

Trump’s latest appeal takes aim at Howell’s decision to order a group of former Trump aides to testify before a grand jury. Previous sources told CNN that among them are former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, and former Homeland Security Officer Ken Cuccinelli.

Howell’s decision also rejected Trump’s claims of privilege to several former White House members, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Stephen Miller and senior communications aide Dan Scavino.

Howell’s order was sealed and the lawsuit preceding it was passed. Trump’s new appeal schedule provides few details and does not specify the parties or specifics of the case. But she says a notice of appeal has been filed.

CNN’s Caitlin Polantz contributed to this report.

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