A former Donald Trump adviser was charged with mishandling confidential materials and obstructing the justice system. The aide entered a not-guilty plea.
In the course of special counsel Jack Smith’s inquiry into the former president’s management of records after departing the White House, Walt Nauta, a 40-year-old Navy veteran, was charged as Trump’s co-defendant.
Nauta entered a not-guilty plea to all six of the criminal offenses he was charged with in Miami this week. These accusations include conspiracy for obstructing justice, withholding and corruptly keeping documents, and making false statements. Prior legal proceedings for the assistant were postponed.
Trump, who was charged last month, entered a not-guilty plea to all 37 counts stemming from Smith’s inquiry. Nauta, his valet while he was president, has received the former president’s support.
“I recently became aware that the ‘Thugs’ within the Dept. of Injustice will be charging a wonderful individual, Walt Nauta, who is a member of the United States Navy, who had served proudly alongside me in the White House, had retired as The senior Chief, and then shifted into his private life as a personal aide,” Trump stated on Truth Social. “He did an excellent job! In an effort to get him to speak negatively about ‘Trump,’ they are working to destroy his life and the lives of many other people. He is a great patriot who is powerful and fearless. The DOJ along with the FBI is corrupt.”
If found guilty of the accusations, Trump and Nauta may both spend time in jail.
The trial may take place as soon as August, although other observers believe a later date may be chosen. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump nominee selected to judge over the papers case, first scheduled the date of August 14 as the hearing date.
According to Smith, Trump will be given the benefit of the doubt and have a “speedy trial.”
The allegations against the former president, who is presently running for the Republican nomination in 2024, have been seen as being politically motivated.
Trump remarked in his inaugural address following the announcement of the indictment against him, “The ludicrous and unfounded indictment of me issued by the weaponized dept of injustice of the Biden administration is going to go down as perhaps the most horrendous abuses of authority in the entire history of our nation. Many individuals have expressed that, even Democrats. This heinous persecution makes a mockery of the law.”