An individual with close ties to Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago is cooperating with prosecutors in the case concerning the handling of classified documents by the former president.
Mar-a-Lago document investigation is intensifying
Recent reports indicate that the investigation led by Special Counsel Jack Smith into Trump’s management of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago is intensifying.
Notably, long-time Trump employee Matthew Calamari and his son, Matthew Calamari Jr., were both called to testify before the grand jury in the case.
Special Counsel’s office provided with photo of storage room
In a significant development, it appears that someone from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago inner circle is collaborating with prosecutors, providing the special counsel’s office with a photo of the storage room where the relevant documents were stored.
The New York Times reported that Smith’s office has “obtained the confidential cooperation of a person who has worked for him at Mar-a-Lago.”
Several Mar-a-Lago staff have been subpoenaed
The identity of this witness remains undisclosed, and the report adds that “nearly everyone who works at Mar-a-Lago” has been subpoenaed in the case.
The investigation aims to uncover details about the storage of the documents Trump took from the White House, including who had access to them, the functioning of Mar-a-Lago’s security camera system, and any instructions Trump gave to his aides and lawyers about the materials and their location.
Sources informed the Times that Smith’s office is also examining whether Trump attempted to conceal documents after subpoenas were issued at the beginning of the investigation.
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Trump’s relationship with the Saudi’s also under scrutiny
Among the documents sought are records of Trump’s relationship with LIV Golf, a golf tour supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
A spokesperson for Trump told the Times that the investigation was “a targeted, politically motivated witch hunt” designed to interfere with an election and prevent Trump from returning to the White House.
In addition to the classified documents case, the Special Counsel’s office is also investigating election interference.
Smith’s office looking into ‘fundraising’ claims
Recent reports suggest that Smith’s office is specifically looking at fundraising claims made by Trump’s team, alleging that the election was stolen.
The Washington Post reported last month that Smith’s office had “sought a wide range of documents related to fundraising after the 2020 election, looking to determine if former president Donald Trump or his advisers scammed donors by using false claims about voter fraud to raise money.”
Around the same time, the New York Times reported that prosecutors were probing whether Trump and various political aides knew he had lost the race but still solicited funds based on claims that they were fighting widespread fraud in the election results, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
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New York AG alleges Trump organization failed to disclose information
In a separate legal matter, the New York Attorney General’s office alleges that Trump, the Trump Organization, and the former president’s three oldest children “failed to turn over emails and other communications” related to the civil fraud suit against them in the state, as reported by Forbes.
In a letter to the judge in late April, Attorney General Letitia James also mentioned an “unexplained drop-off” in emails from Ivanka Trump specifically.
The former president’s daughter recently changed attorneys in the case, but Ivanka’s previous lawyers continue to represent her two brothers.
James wrote in the letter that the proposed order was necessary due to the defendant’s “failure to preserve, collect and produce documents and materials in a timely and transparent fashion.”
Furthermore, she added that although the Trump Organization had begun providing documents responsive to their discovery demands, they had not given a timeline for completing the production or addressed questions about the custodians, sources, and methods used in their production.
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