“Former Trump Staffer 4′ Alters Testimony Following Legal Counsel Change, Accuses Ex-President, State Prosecutors Allege”

A person mentioned in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s charges against Donald Trump as “Trump Employee 4” modified their statement subsequent to changing legal representation.

The updated statement by the individual, reportedly Mar-a-Lago technology employee Yuscil Tavares according to Fox News, resulted in a new indictment by a grand jury in Washington, D.C.

At first, Mr. Tavares consistently refuted or professed no recollection of any conversations or engagements linked to Mar-a-Lago’s security footage. This testimony was provided while he was being represented by Stanley Woodard.

Notably, Mr. Woodard also served as the attorney for Mr. Trump and his valet, Walt Natua, as reported by Fox.

In July, Tavares was notified that he was being investigated, and concerns arose about his attorney possibly having a conflict of interest due to representing other implicated individuals.

The chief judge overseeing the Washington, D.C. grand jury extended an offer of a federal public defender to Tavares, aimed at offering counsel on potential conflicts.

“On July 5, 2023, Trump Employee 4 informed Chief Judge Boasberg that he no longer wished to be represented by Mr. Woodward and that, going forward, he wished to be represented by the First Assistant Federal Defender,” Mr. Smith claimed in court documents.

“Immediately after receiving new counsel, Trump Employee 4 retracted his prior false testimony and provided information that implicated Nauta, De Oliveira, and Trump in efforts to delete security camera footage, as set forth in the superseding indictment.”

Tavares’ altered testimony regarding Mr. Nauta and Mr. De Oliveira seemed pivotal in the choice made by Smith’s team to charge Mr. De Oliveira in late July, alleging his involvement in the deletion of security footage.

This development poses a potential challenge for Special Counsel Smith, as the change in legal representation before a Washington grand jury is currently being reviewed by Florida Judge Aileen Cannon, who presides over the initial set of indictments against Trump.

During this review, Judge Cannon questioned Stanley Woodward about the legitimacy of having two grand juries within a single case, as reported by The New York Times. Woodward expressed his belief that this approach wasn’t valid and urged Judge Cannon to consider excluding Tavares’ testimony on that basis.

As of now, Judge Cannon has not made a ruling, but if she does decide to disregard the fluctuating testimony, it might impact the government’s revised charges against Mr. De Oliveira and Mr. Trump.

The trial concerning the case involving classified documents is slated for May 20, 2024. Trump has pleaded not guilty and vehemently denied any accusations of wrongdoing.

In addition to this, Trump is also facing prosecution by Smith for endeavors to challenge the 2020 presidential election results. There are also ongoing criminal cases in Georgia related to efforts to influence that state’s vote and another in New York tied to payments made to an adult film actor.