Legal Battle Intensifies For Trump Allies

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( – Former President Donald Trump’s valet, Walk Nauta, had pleaded not guilty to charges that relate to him assisting Trump with obstructing federal agencies from retrieving classified documents from Mar-a-Lago. The case is related to the classified documents case that led to Donald Trump’s federal indictment last month.

In the court filing, it is described that Nauta, a former White House military valet, had moved boxes ahead of former Trump attorney Evan Corcoran’s visit to Mar-a-Lago. Corcoran was set to arrive at Trump’s residence in order to retrieve documents that were requested by the Department of Justice through a subpoena. There is security camera footage showing Nauta transporting the boxes out of the storage room in Mar-a-Lago.

Nauta has pleaded guilty on six counts in connection to coordinating with the former President to hide the classified documents from other investigators. Nauta first appeared in court on June 13, during Trump’s arraignment. However, at the time he had not yet been arraigned. He was then scheduled to be arraigned in late June, but this had to be rescheduled because of flight delays and a failure on his end to secure the necessary additional representation. Prior to his Thursday arraignment, Nauta hired Sasha Dadan, a Florida-based attorney, to represent him in the case.

Nauta, who is still Trump’s valet, had been instructed to not discuss the case with Trump unless the discussions take place through their attorneys. If found guilty in this case, Nauta could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for some of the charges filed against him.

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