Trump FL Indictment: Walt Nauta Also Charged

Here is the Florida Indictment charging Donald Trump and his aide Walt Nauta in the Classified Documents case.

Trump is charged in a whopping 37 counts. Nauta, a is charged in 6 counts. Who is Walt Nauta?

[A] military aide working as a White House valet while Mr. Trump was president.

Nauta retired and went to work for Trump as a personal aide after Trump left Washington. [More...]

According to the Times article, he refused to cooperate against Trump and therefore got indicted, based on surveillance footage showing him moving boxes and, on another occasion, finding the contents of a spilled box, including one showing "SECRET//REL TO USA, FVEY."

How would a valet have known FVEY stands for the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance whose members are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the United States? (I don't think I knew that until 2012 when they popped up in Kim DotCom's Megaupload case as the result of the New Zealand Prime Minister issuing an apology to Dotcom for illegally intercepting him.

Allegedly,Nauta texted another employee “I opened the door and found this…”

Trump is now proclaiming the innocence and berating the horrible government that indicted Nauta. Maybe Trump needs to blame himself for having Nauta do his dirty work for him.

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    There are a number of possible reasons (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Peter G on Sat Jun 10, 2023 at 10:55:13 AM EST
    from the POV of prosecutorial strategy for indicting Nauta. First, he committed (according to the prosecutors) the cardinal sin of promising to cooperate and then lying in his FBI interview. See Count 38. This turned him from a potentially great insider witness to a dangerous liability, easily accused (were he to testify for the govt against Tr*mp) of being a liar and thus casting doubt on the credibility of Special Counsel's entire case. Second, it probably blocks him from testifying as a sympathetic witness for Tr*mp. And third, if they stand trial together it gives the jury someone to feel sorry for and cut a break, possibly acquitting him on some or all counts. If so, and if Tr*mp is convicted by the same jury at the same trial, that helps the prosecutors on appeal (and in the court of public opinion), in that it underscores the reliability of the verdict by showing the jury to be discriminating and careful rather than emotional or biased. And there may be other reasons.

    Waltine (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jun 10, 2023 at 08:04:02 AM EST
    A name I had not heard

    The bobbleheads were spectating (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jun 10, 2023 at 08:22:05 AM EST
    that one reason he might have been charged with Trump is that two of them standing together in the courtroom would be different than Trump alone

    And if this navy veteran who was just doing what he was told is convicted it makes it pretty hard for any one serious to argue Trump should not be convicted.

    No idea if this is true but it makes sense to me.