President Trump’s coronavirus task force press briefings are known for his tense interactions with reporters. The president often responds to questions from the White House press corps with deflection and diversion. We asked Kent Zimmermann, a legal analyst and former attorney, to reveal courtroom tactics that lawyers would use in similar situations. One approach is treating the president as a so-called “hostile witness.” Once a witness is designated as hostile by a judge in a courtroom setting, the attorney is permitted to ask “leading questions,” which can steer a witness toward necessary answers.
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