Adam Klasfeld @KlasfeldReports Reporter, @CourthouseNews: NYC+Int’l. RTs=What's it to ya? adam[at]adamklasfeld[dot]com PGP Fingerprint: F427 EE3B 6F05 E5D5 785B 775B 2C74 683C 219D 91DC May. 10, 2019 1 min read

Attorney for @RepChrisCollins, Trump’s 1st sitting congressional endorser, asserted that his client’s private emails are privileged in inside-trading case today.

Congress has no formal guidance on members’ official use of private emails, he claimed. @CourthouseNews

US District Judge Vernon Broderick appeared gobsmacked by the alleged lack of congressional guidance on private emails.

“They may want to consider adopting them,” he said to laughter in the court.

Judge called it surprising,” citing “security” concerns.

Collins claims that the private emails are privileged under the Constitution's Speech or Debate clause. He also claims his congressional investigation counts as a "legislative act," and is therefore privileged and shouldn't have been shown to the grand jury.

For those catching up, Collins was charged last August for insider-trading in Innate, an Aussie pharma company on whose board he sat.

The first congress member to endorse Trump, Collins has an election-year trial slated for Feb. 2020. 

Story coming up soon.

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