One of Donald Trump’s former employees has alleged his involvement in a case concerning classified documents, as per a court filing. The employee, identified as Yuscil Taveras, changed his testimony after changing his legal representation. The updated testimony accuses Trump and two aides of attempting to delete security camera footage as part of a filing related to the case. The former president, along with his close aide Walt Nauta and maintenance worker Carlos De Oliveira, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The charges against Trump stem from accusations of mishandling sensitive files’ storage at his Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. It is claimed that he also tried to cover up the alleged crime by erasing security footage. Taveras changed lawyers after being informed by special counsel Jack Smith that he was being investigated for perjury. Taveras’ initial testimony in March denied any knowledge or conversation about the security footage at Mar-a-Lago.
Evidence suggests that De Oliveira requested Taveras delete the CCTV footage after investigators demanded the video to track the movement of the documents within the resort. The federal grand jury’s chief judge, James Boasberg, offered a public defender to Taveras due to a conflict of interest with his previous lawyer, who was partly funded by Trump’s political action committee.
Taveras later retracted his previous false testimony and provided information that implicated Nauta, De Oliveira, and Trump in efforts to delete security footage, as indicated in the updated indictment. Taveras himself is not facing charges in the case, and the trial is scheduled for the following May. In addition to this case, Trump is currently facing criminal charges in three other separate cases.