Christensen prosecutors don't have to turn over Trump details

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URBANA, Ill. (WAND)- Federal prosecutors will not have to produce details of conversations between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Attorneys representing accused kidnapper Brendt Christensen had asked the judge to demand prosecutors turn over details of any communication between the White House and the Department of Justice relating to Christensen’s case, along with any such communications between Trump and Xi.

In a decision published Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce denied the request.

“(Even) if the alleged communications occurred (and they are absolute speculation at this point), the court could not order the government to produce them,” Bruce wrote. “On the other hand, prosecutorial charging and penalty decisions are covered by multiple privileges.”

Bruce also declined to order prosecutors to turn over details of aggravating factors regarding the death penalty in the case.

Christensen is accused of kidnapping and killing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017.

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