The 6th of July in Miami On Thursday, at a federal courthouse in Miami, an assistant to Donald Trump named Walt Nauta entered a not guilty plea to allegations that he assisted the former president of the United States in hiding top secret materials that Trump took with him when he left the White House in 2021.
During the short arraignment hearing, Nauta’s attorney, Stanley Woodward, submitted a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf. Sasha Dadan, who represents Nauta and is located in Florida, was also present.
On his entrance to the courthouse, Nauta gave the reporters a kind grin but did not make any comments. Together with the attorneys, he left without making any comment to the press.
Six counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, false statements, and withholding and concealing records are being brought against Nauta, who once worked as a valet at the White House and is now an advisor to Trump.
The prosecutors claim that Nauta hid boxes of documents from Trump’s attorneys when they were investigating Trump’s Florida property, Mar-a-Lago, for secret information that was being sought by the United States Department of Justice.
Additionally, it is alleged that Nauta lied to investigators during a voluntarily conducted interview.
On June 13, Nauta made his first court appearance alongside Trump; however, he was not arraigned since he did not have an attorney who was licensed to practice law in Florida. Late in the month of June, for the same reason as before, his arraignment was once again postponed.
Woodward, who has their headquarters in Washington, has represented various people associated with Trump, including as former staffers Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro, as well as many defendants charged in the attack on the United States Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6, 2021.
Trump, who is currently the front-runner for the Republican candidacy for president in 2024, pled not guilty to all 37 felony counts against him, including those that accuse him of obstructing investigations and keeping national security materials without proper authority.
The prosecution has requested that the trial be postponed until December 11 before the United States District Judge Aileen Cannon. The initial court hearing was scheduled for August 14 according to her schedule.
Trump is the first sitting or former president of the United States to ever be charged with a crime in both the federal and state courts.
Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is in charge of the prosecution, has accused President Trump of putting the nation’s secrets at jeopardy by allegedly taking thousands of classified documents with him when he left the White House in January 2021 and keeping them in a disorganized way at his golf clubs in Florida and New Jersey. These facilities are known as Mar-a-Lago and Trump National Golf Club, respectively.
In addition to the case involving the papers, Trump is facing charges in the state of New York for allegedly manipulating company records in order to cover up payments of hush money made to a porn star during his campaign for the presidency in 2016. In relation to that case, he also entered a not guilty plea.
Trump has stated that he did nothing illegal and that the investigations are part of a political conspiracy to bring him down.
Cannon has scheduled a hearing for the 14th of July to discuss the handling of secret material related to the case. The legal issues that surround the use of highly secret materials as evidence are likely to cause a delay in the trial of Donald Trump, according to legal experts.
His current attorney in Florida, Dadan, is a former public defender who made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2018 as a Republican candidate.