Federal prosecutors are turning up the heat on key Trump aides to ensure their testimony against the former president in the Mar-a-Lago raid case.
According to multiple news outlets, The DOJ has security footage of two low-level Trump staffers, Walt Nauta and Will Russell, moving boxes for their boss after he was subpoenaed by the feds in May.
“Presidential and classified” is the extent of elaboration offered by the DOJ as to exactly what documents are inside the mystery boxes.
Up to this point, it seems Nauta and Russell have shown little willingness to give testimony or cooperate with the probe in any way. And the DOJ has intensified its efforts to make Nauta and Russell testify against their boss.
According to the New York Times, the feds “have ratcheted up their pressure in recent weeks on key witnesses in the hopes of gaining their testimony.” As a way to coerce or scare the former aides into talking, it’s possible federal prosecutors could offer immunity or even charge the pair with obstruction of justice.
There’s also a third Trump loyalist the DOJ has their sights on: a man by the name of Kash Patel.
Patel, Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Defense during the Trump Administration, was designated by the former president as a representative to the National Archives and Records Administration.
Patel is likely very familiar with the documents in question, making his testimony under oath crucial to the DOJ’s case.
In regard to the real reasons behind the federal raid on a former president’s private residence, Patel has an interesting theory of his own. Last night, he appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to enlighten us all.
“As we’ve said from the beginning. We got out 60% of the documents from the Russiagate investigation. 40% remained. President Trump declassified those specific documents,” he told the star Fox News host.
“And this entire raid on his house I believe was to prevent the disclosure, now that the government gangsters are back in charge, of their corrupt activities from Russiagate on down.”
Patel appeared before a grand jury on October 13 and, although the proceeding lasted several hours, he was able to limit his cooperation by citing his 5th amendment right.
It’s no longer speculation that the DOJ, and the FBI in particular, have become highly politicized. Whether it be raiding the homes of journalists and presidents, or the imprisonment of non-violent January 6 protestors before they have been convicted, the disease of corruption and politicization has spread throughout the ranks of federal law enforcement.
More leaks from the Justice Department just before the midterm elections. https://t.co/w8Kz8bxZNI Not a wisp of concern over the use of such leaks to influence not just the course of the case but the election. There is a virtual tsunami of leaks from DOJ and FBI under AG Garland.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) October 21, 2022
These latest Mar-a-Lago developments, along with Kash Patel’s allegations, give no indication the DOJ has learned its lesson or has any plans of depoliticizing their objectives.