Lawyers for former President Donald Trump met with Justice Department officials on Monday following a public request for a meeting about what they characterize as prosecutorial misconduct, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The meeting, which lasted an estimated 90 minutes, comes as the special counsel’s investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents and possible obstruction appears to be nearing its final stages. Trump’s attorneys did not comment to reporters after leaving.
The meeting was led by the Justice Department’s top career official, who works under Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco. Neither Monaco nor Attorney General Merrick Garland attended.
Special counsel Jack Smith, who is handling the DOJ’s documents and obstruction probe into the former president, met with Trump’s lawyers at the Justice Department on Monday, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. Smith was appointed by Garland last year and is operating independently.
CBS News first reported the meeting between DOJ officials and Trump’s attorneys and tweeted out an image of one of the attorneys entering the Justice Department headquarters.
A grand jury is expected to hear testimony this week from another witness in the classified documents probe at a federal courthouse in southern Florida, which is where the search warrant for Mar-a-Lago was approved, according to