DOJ Abuses Trump’s Co-Defendant?

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( – Former President Donald Trump’s valet Walt Nauta, who is also a co-defendant in the federal classified document mishandling case after Trump argued that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was only prosecuting him because he had pleaded the Fifth. As he pointed out he exercised his Fifth Amendment rights in an effort to not self-incriminate himself during the investigation’s early stages. 

Nauta’s legal team has alleged that their client has been unfairly targeted by the Department of Justice in the documents that Judge Aileen Cannon unsealed on Friday. The documents show that Nauta’s attorneys had put forward a motion to have the charges against him dismissed. 

Nauta has been indicted on five criminal charges, including lying to the FBI, concealing a document, and obstruction of justice. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. 

In the past week, Cannon has unsealed a number of the nonpublic filings and has also indicated that on Thursday she would be unsealing three of the dismissal arguments made by Trump’s team including one about selective and vindictive prosecution. 

Nauta in the motion to dismiss argues that throughout the investigation he has been extremely cooperative and that despite this the Department of Justice had turned on him because of a May 2022 casual meeting that had taken place between himself and his attorney Stanley Woodward and David Raskin. Raskin is working for special counsel Jack Smith. 

During the meeting, Rasking had invited Woodward to get a “coffee” which made the meeting appear informal. However, despite this, Raskin had called for Nauta to completely cooperate with the federal investigation. 

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