Former Trump aide Walt Nauta has been indicted over alleged mishandling of classified documents, while his lawyer team resigns, adding to the legal challenges faced by Donald Trump.
Who is Walt Nauta?
Walt Nauta, a navy veteran and former personal aide to Donald Trump, has been indicted over allegations of mishandling classified documents, according to reports from US media. Nauta worked both at the White House and at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. The specific charges against Nauta in connection with the case have not been revealed at this time.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the charges against Nauta, stating that he became a person of interest in the investigation after surveillance footage showed him moving boxes from a storage room. The footage was captured before and after a May subpoena that ordered Trump to return government documents kept at his Florida estate.
Nauta reportedly spoke with investigators on at least two occasions but later declined further questioning.
In response to the news, Donald Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, accusing the US Justice Department of attempting to destroy Nauta’s life and hoping that he would speak negatively about Trump. Trump expressed his support for Nauta, describing him as a strong, brave, and patriotic individual.
The charges against Nauta, as well as Trump’s own charges, have not been made public by court officials. Trump is scheduled to appear at a federal courthouse in Miami, Florida on June 13, where the charges will be read.
In a surprising development, Trump’s legal team announced their resignation shortly after the disclosure of the charges. Lawyers Jim Trusty and John Rowley stated that they would no longer be representing Trump in either the indicted case or the investigation into the events of January 6. They expressed gratitude for the opportunity to defend Trump over the past year but deemed it a “logical moment” to step aside due to the case being filed in Miami.
Law enforcement officials have indicated that the US Secret Service is in discussions with Trump’s team to arrange his travel and court appearance.
Further details regarding the specific nature of the charges and their potential implications for Nauta and Trump are yet to be revealed. The legal proceedings surrounding this case are expected to draw significant attention in the coming days and weeks.