Surveillance cameras caught Trump aides moving boxes from Mar-a-Lago vaults before and after DOJ served Trump subpoenas for top-secret documents: NYT


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Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago.AFP via NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images

  • Walt Nauta, a longtime aide to President Trump, was seen removing a box from a storage room searched by the FBI.

  • The incident was caught on security footage, The New York Times reported.

  • Nauta was seen moving boxes around the time the DOJ demanded the return of classified files in May.

A Trump aide was caught on security camera moving a box from a Mar-a-Lago storage room, according to a report from. new york timesThe Times did not see the security footage and insiders were unable to independently verify its contents.

Surveillance cameras at Mar-a-Lago show Walt Nauta, a longtime Trump staffer, moving the boxes from the storage room, the New York Times told three people familiar with the matter. The storage room was later searched by the FBI. This happened both before and after the Justice Department issued a subpoena ordering Trump to turn over classified documents in May, according to NYT sources.

Conspiracies swirl as to what was kept in the vault and whether anything was taken from there before the Justice Department searched Trump’s property.Times article dropped hours later Washington Post reported that Trump himself explicitly instructed employees to move boxes of White House documents out of storage. According to The Post, these boxes were taken from a storage area to the former president’s private residence after Trump advisers received a DOJ subpoena in May.

Sources in The Times said the FBI interviewed Nauta several times before raiding Mar-a-Lago on August 8.

After the raid, the FBI removed 11,000 documents from Mar-a-Lago. Those marked as “Confidential”. the investigator found the document A closet in Trump’s office and a storage area in the basement of the estate. Some of the documents the FBI found were highly classified Investigators needed further permission to see them. Among the documents recovered were foreign nuclear defensereported by the Washington Post.

DOJ is currently investigating Whether Trump violated three federal laws — including spy law — by keeping the files in a residence in Florida. In August filing in court; The Justice Department said it had evidence that “government records were likely covered up and removed from Mar-a-Lago vaults,” and that “efforts may have been made to thwart government investigations.” is high,” he said.

Nauta’s attorney, Stanley Woodward Jr., declined to comment on the Times report. Taylor Gravitch, who served as Trump’s spokesman during his post-inauguration press conference, told The Times that the Biden administration “colluded with the media through targeted leaks in blatant and unlawful acts of intimidation and manipulation.” Told.

Budowich and Woodward Jr. did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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