ABC news and The New York Times An employee of the Trump Organization has been sent a letter in the case against Donald Trump for mishandling classified documents. Special counsel Jack Smith sent an unnamed “low-level” employee a letter in recent weeks suggesting the employee could face criminal charges.
The employee, who has not yet been named, testified in federal court in Washington, DC, in May. The fact that they are now under investigation shows that Smith and the team have evidence that the employee may have given false testimony. This time it’s not about document management, but the management of surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago that shows Trump’s associate, Walt Nauta, moving boxes of documents around.
ABC’s sources said “the government is not saying that the footage was removed or destroyed, but it is looking into what could hinder the investigation.” So it’s possible an employee of the Trump Organization could face charges of perjury and obstruction.
Trump is “his man” Nauta He was arraigned last month on 37 counts, including 31 counts of knowingly withholding national security information in violation of the Espionage Act. Trump and Nauta accuse Trump and Nauta of conspiring to prevent the government from seizing the documents, many of which are highly publicized, including a detailed inventory of the country’s nuclear weapons. Trump is also accused of illegally keeping all of these documents after he left office.
Prosecutors send letters to people under investigation to inform them of potential charges. Smith sent Trump the first letter a week before a Florida jury after indicting him. This warning gives the employee an opportunity to defend himself against the opposition and cooperate, or face legal action. Stanley Woodward Jr., the employee’s attorney, had no comment. When ABC asked them about the letter and their conversations with investigators, they said, “It’s none of your business.” (Note: ABC used the pronoun “his” in this report.)
Judge Aileen Cannon has been assigned the case against Trump and his assistant, Nauta. Cannon, a a very sad judge who was appointed by Donald Trump, has a history of cooperating with Trump in previous cases. They are currently considering Trump’s request to suspend the case indefinitely, which would last until after the 2024 election. Smith’s team did asked to be established in December.
What is evident in this letter is that the investigation is ongoing and Smith’s group continues to gather evidence, which could solve another way of increasing the charges against the Trump Organization for obstructing the opposition of Trump and Nauta.
The bottom line is that the investigation into the Trump Organization, and Mr. Trump himself, has not stopped. This also means that new revelations about this and additional charges against Trump can be expected, and this puts pressure on Cannon to act as a real judge and not part of Team Trump.