WASHINGTON (AP) — A witness within the legal case towards Donald Trump over the hoarding of categorized paperwork retracted “prior false testimony” after switching attorneys final month and offered new data that implicated the previous president, the Justice Division mentioned Tuesday.
The statements from the witness, a Trump staffer recognized in court docket papers because the director of knowledge expertise at Mar-a-Lago, was offered to prosecutors weeks earlier than particular counsel Jack Smith secured an up to date indictment accusing Trump and two others in a plot to delete surveillance video on the Florida property.
Prosecutors mentioned in a court docket submitting Tuesday that the witness informed a grand jury in Washington in March that he couldn’t recall any conversations concerning the safety footage
However in July, after being warned by prosecutors that he was a goal of the investigation and after being suggested that his lawyer might need a battle of curiosity due to his illustration of others within the probe, the witness acquired a brand new lawyer from the federal defender’s workplace and offered the Justice Division with data that helped type the premise of the revised indictment towards Trump, his valet Walt Nauta and a 3rd defendant, Carlos De Oliveira, the court docket submitting says.
Prosecutors described the witness interplay in a submitting that seeks a listening to in Florida about potential conflicts of curiosity involving the protection lawyer, Stanley Woodward, who additionally represents Nauta. Woodward declined to remark Tuesday to The Related Press.
“The goal letter to Trump Worker 4 crystallized a battle of curiosity arising from Mr. Woodward’s concurrent illustration of Trump Worker 4 and Nauta,” prosecutors wrote.
They added: “Advising Trump Worker 4 to appropriate his sworn testimony would lead to testimony incriminating Mr. Woodward’s different shopper, Nauta; however allowing Trump Worker 4’s false testimony to face uncorrected would depart Trump Worker 4 uncovered to legal costs for perjury.”
Within the submitting, the Justice Division additionally sought to clarify its use of grand juries in each Washington and Florida, the place costs have been in the end filed. U.S. District Choose Aileen Cannon, a Florida decide presiding over the case, had earlier requested concerning the authorized propriety of utilizing grand juries in each districts.
Prosecutors mentioned they continued utilizing the Washington grand jury even after costs have been filed in Florida for the categorical goal of investigating potential false statements by witnesses in Washington. The Washington grand jury accomplished its time period final week, they mentioned.
A trial has been set for Might 20, 2024, within the categorized paperwork case. Trump has pleaded not responsible and denied any wrongdoing.
Trump is dealing with one other prosecution by Smith, over efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election, in addition to a legal case in Georgia over makes an attempt to subvert that state’s vote and one other in New York in reference to hush cash funds to a porn actor.
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