On Friday, 45th President and leading 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump announced in a post on his top-rated social media platform, Truth Social, a current aide and former White House aide of his, Walt Nauta, has also been indicted by the Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ).
“I have just learned that the ‘Thugs’ from the Department of Injustice will be Indicting a wonderful man, Walt Nauta, a member of the U.S. Navy, who served proudly with me in the White House, retired as Senior Chief, and then transitioned into private life as a personal aide. He has done a fantastic job,” Trump wrote.
“They are trying to destroy his life, like the lives of so many others, hoping that he will say bad things about “Trump.” He is strong, brave, and a Great Patriot. The FBI and DOJ are CORRUPT,” Trump added.
"Walt Nauta’s indictment is the second in the special counsel’s investigation after Trump was indicted on seven counts on Thursday. An attorney for Nauta declined to comment. Nauta was with Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club this week," according to a report.
On Thursday, President Trump announced in a post on his top-rated social media platform, Truth Social, that the Biden Administration informed him he has been indicted in the documents case and summoned to appear at a Federal Courthouse in Miami, Florida on Tuesday.
According to a report, Trump has been charged with seven counts, one of which is conspiracy, concerning the classified documents case.
“The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax, even though Joe Biden has 1850 Boxes at the University of Delaware, additional Boxes in Chinatown, D.C., with even more Boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, and documents strewn all over his garage floor where he parks his Corvette, and which is ‘secured’ by only a garage door that is paper thin, and open much of the time,” Trump wrote.
“I have been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM,” Trump added.
“I never thought it possible that such a thing could happen to a former President of the United States, who received far more votes than any sitting President in the History of our Country, and is currently leading, by far, all Candidates, both Democrat and Republican, in Polls of the 2024 Presidential Election. I AM AN INNOCENT MAN,” Trump continued.
“This is indeed a DARK DAY for the United States of America. We are a Country in serious and rapid Decline, but together we will Make America Great Again,” Trump wrote.
On Monday at 10 a.m., Trump's attorneys, John Rowley, James Trusty, and Lindsey Halligan, were at the Department of Justice after requesting a meeting with top federal law enforcement officials, according to a CBS News report.
Trump’s lawyers stayed at the Department of Justice for “just under two hours” and Attorney General Merrick Garland did not attend the meeting.
"Trump's legal team is frustrated with how Justice Department officials have handled attorney-client matters in recent months and would likely raise their concerns on this front during Monday's meeting, in particular, prosecutors' discussions of related issues in front of the grand jury,” CBS News added.
On Sunday, Trump wrote in a Truth Social post, “Reports are the Marxist Special Prosecutor, DOJ, & FBI, want to Indict me on the BOXES HOAX, despite all of the wrongdoing that they have done for SEVEN YEARS, including SPYING ON MY CAMPAIGN.”
"Biden Crimes go unpunished, including that he had Boxes in Chinatown, in his garage by the 'Corvette,' & 1,850 Boxes in Delaware that he won’t allow anyone to see,” Trump added.
"That is real OBSTRUCTION! They seek retribution for Republicans looking into Biden's CRIMES! I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG. ELECTION INTERFERENCE,” Trump continued.
In an op-ed by former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on Substack, he concludes that a "[c]riminal indictment of former president has no legitimate basis."
“The bottom line is that if Mr. Trump or his lawyers allege — even without his testifying — that he declassified the documents, a criminal charge of unauthorized possession of classified documents will be difficult to prove. That doesn’t mean that a prosecutor could not get a grand jury to indict this particular ham sandwich. It does mean that it’s unlikely that a conviction against Mr. Trump would be sustainable,” Dershowitz writes.
“Based on what we know, we believe that there is no legitimate basis for a criminal indictment of Mr. Trump based on the material that was found at Mar-a-Lago,” Dershowitz concludes.