Special counsel Jack Smith has flipped a witness and is now cooperating with the DOJ.
The witness involved is only referred to as “Trump Employee 4” and he has now retracted his statements from earlier testimony and is now implicating the former president over allegations that he attempted to delete security footage at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
During the initial grand jury in March 2023, Employee 4 “repeatedly denied or claimed not to recall” any contacts or conversations about security footage.
Then in July, Employee 4 received a target letter notifying him he is being investigated (and pay attention) and that his lawyer might have a conflict of interest because defense lawyer Stanley Woodward was representing other people in the probe. The witness then received a new attorney from the federal defender’s office, which was provided by the Justice Department and gave “new information” that “helped form the basis of the revised indictment” against former President Trump, his valet Walt Nauta and a third defendant, Carlos De Oliveira.
From Fox News:
But in July, after being advised that he was a target of the investigation and that his lawyer might have a conflict of interest because of his representation of others in the probe, the witness received a new attorney from the federal defender’s office and provided the Justice Department with information that helped form the basis of the revised indictment against Trump, his valet Walt Nauta and a third defendant, Carlos De Oliveira, the court filing says.
The new information from the witness was presented to prosecutors weeks before Smith secured an updated indictment accusing Trump and two others in a plot to delete surveillance video at the Florida property.
“The target letter to Trump Employee 4 crystallized a conflict of interest arising from Mr. Woodward’s concurrent representation of Trump Employee 4 and Nauta,” prosecutors wrote.
They added: “Advising Trump Employee 4 to correct his sworn testimony would result in testimony incriminating Mr. Woodward’s other client, Nauta; but permitting Trump Employee 4’s false testimony to stand uncorrected would leave Trump Employee 4 exposed to criminal charges for perjury.”
Jack Smith handed a witness off the the Federal Defenders, an extremely left wing group of lawyers, and like magic the story changed. https://t.co/WPm5iWqdKY
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 22, 2023