FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A federal decide mentioned considered one of former President Trump’s co-defendants within the Mar-a-Lago secret paperwork case can retain his legal professional regardless of having an obvious battle of curiosity.
Trump is accused of retaining top-secret paperwork in his non-public membership after leaving the White Home after which conspiring together with his private assistant and Mar-a-Lago property supervisor to impede justice. All three pleaded not responsible.
Federal prosecutors say the aide, Walt Nauta, moved dozens of bins containing paperwork at Trump’s course at Mar-a-Lago after which lied to federal investigators about it. Finally, investigators raided the membership and confiscated greater than 100 top-secret paperwork.
Naota is represented by legal professional Stanley Woodward, who beforehand represented one other Trump worker implicated within the case, Mar-a-Lago IT director Yocel Taveras. In July, Taveras severed ties with Woodward, employed one other lawyer and commenced cooperating with the federal government.
Taveras is more likely to be a key witness. He’s anticipated to testify that Nauta and property supervisor Carlos de Oliveira tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to delete the surveillance digicam footage earlier than federal investigators seized it.
Prosecutors argued that as a result of Woodward as soon as represented Taveras, he couldn’t ethically cross-examine his former shopper or search to undermine his credibility as a witness.
In courtroom Thursday, Woodward advised U.S. District Decide Eileen Cannon that he agreed to these phrases. After prolonged questioning by Cannon, Naota agreed to waive his proper to conflict-free counsel.
Underneath the circumstances, Woodward can proceed his work as Naota’s legal professional, Cannon mentioned. Woodward can be representing a yet-to-be-named Trump staffer who is anticipated to testify on the trial.
The trial is scheduled to start in Might 2024. Trump’s legal professionals have repeatedly mentioned that the sheer quantity of paperwork and different proof they’ve obtained from prosecutors could require the trial’s begin date to be pushed again till after the 2024 presidential election.
Decide Cannon has scheduled a listening to in early November to debate these considerations and the trial timeline.