A former IT worker from Mar-a-Lago has reached a cooperation agreement with special counsel Jack Smith, turning against former President Donald Trump, as revealed in a report by CNN. Yuscil Taveras, who had previously retracted his initial statement, ultimately leading to the indictment of Trump and his close aide, Walt Nauta, for mishandling classified information, will not face perjury charges in exchange for his testimony in Smith’s case, according to a filing by his former attorney, Stanley Woodward.
The filing sheds light on the fact that the Non-Prosecution Agreement offered to Taveras, identified as “Trump Employee 4” by the Department of Justice, was only extended after the District Court had approved the appointment of ‘conflict counsel.’ Woodward is legal counsel for Nauta and other witnesses involved in the special counsel’s investigation.
In July, Taveras made a significant turn by revealing to prosecutors that former President Trump had instructed others to request the deletion of security footage. However, an August 22 filing by Smith indicated that “Trump Employee 4” had consistently denied any knowledge or recollection of discussions regarding the Mar-a-Lago security footage. It was only after being informed that he was under investigation for perjury by a Washington grand jury that Taveras recanted his previous statements, severed ties with Woodward, and made himself available to testify on behalf of the government.
Prosecutors have raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest involving Woodward, particularly if he is required to cross-examine Taveras. In his Wednesday filing, Woodward clarified that he had played no part in Taveras’ decision to cooperate.
The cooperation of Mar-a-Lago’s former IT worker adds a new dimension to the ongoing legal proceedings, potentially impacting the case against former President Trump and his associates.