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Aug 8, 2023, 7:29am EDT
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Shutting down the government wouldn’t save Donald Trump

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House Republicans have talked about defunding Jack Smith’s investigation. It’s hard to imagine that succeeding, but what happens if they don’t fund the government at all, triggering a shutdown after next month?

Not much, most likely. Attorney Robert Driscoll told Semafor the government delayed civil trials during the 35-day shutdown that began in late 2018, but criminal cases — and especially ones as high-profile as Trump’s — would be unlikely to be affected.

“Most of the criminal stuff is viewed as essential, because you’re dealing with speedy trial rights,” he said.

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Some other highly Trump-specific legal questions reporters have been chasing in recent days:

Can Trump talk to his own senior campaign aides about messaging about the trial if they’re also witnesses, or even unindicted co-conspirators, covered by a judge’s order?

How about attacking his former vice president, who’s also a witness? The special counsel brought up Trump’s Pence-bashing social media post in a court filing yesterday while arguing for more restrictions on what the defendant can share publicly ahead of the trial.

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And if he’s convicted, would the Secret Service follow him to prison, or would some kind of house arrest be worked out?

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