(GoRealNewsNow.com) – BREAKING NOW: In a court filing that came to light today, the former lawyer of a pivotal witness disclosed that his client had made an agreement to testify in the case charging former President Donald Trump with intentionally mishandling classified documents after his tenure ended.
The understanding came to light when U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office hinted at prosecuting the witness, the IT head at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida resort, for allegedly deceiving a grand jury. This was detailed by attorney Stanley Woodward in the document.
Presently, Woodward represents Walt Nauta, one of the two Trump associates implicated in the case. He had also formerly represented the IT chief, whose identity was kept under wraps in the latest filing but is widely known to be Yuscil Taveras.
The prosecution has indicated that the said employee is set to provide evidence at the trial. This has created a potential clash of interest for Woodward, as there is a likelihood of a previous client testifying against an existing one.
While Woodward hasn’t resisted U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon’s potential decision to hold a hearing about this matter, he implied in the recent court document that there might have been inappropriate conduct by the prosecutors concerning the testimony of the IT manager.
This case is among four criminal charges against Trump, the top contender for the Republican nomination, looking to compete against Democratic President Joe Biden in the upcoming 2024 election race.
Previously, media organizations like Politico and CNN identified the witness as Yuscil Taveras. It has been alleged that he possesses details regarding Walt Nauta’s, Trump’s personal aide, and others’ attempts to hinder the investigation into the classified documents.
There wasn’t any immediate response from Taveras’ current legal representative.
The charges against Trump, Nauta, and another Mar-a-Lago staff member, Carlos De Oliveira, revolve around their supposed efforts to obstruct the government’s retrieval of classified documents taken to Mar-a-Lago after Trump’s presidential term. The trio has denied the charges.
A representative for Smith’s department chose not to comment, and Woodward also refrained from making any statements.
According to an August report by the prosecutors, the witness had first denied having any insights into the obstruction attempts. However, after receiving a cautionary letter from the special counsel, he parted ways with Woodward as his legal counsel. Following this, he unveiled purported efforts to erase Mar-a-Lago’s security footage, as stated by the prosecutors.
Contrary to this, Woodward expressed in his recent filing that the IT personnel had furnished fresh evidence to the grand jury only after an offer of a non-prosecution agreement was made, at a time when he had ceased to be his legal representative.