The noose around Donald Trump continues to tighten: A former employee of Trump’s estate in Mar-a-Lago is said to weigh down the former president with his testimony.
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Donald Trump is a heavy burden on his former employer in the dispute over government documents confiscated from Trump’s private property. Trump asked him to clear out boxes of documents at his Florida home after the former US president received a request to return the documents, some of which were confidential. The newspaper “Washington Post” and the television station CNN reported Wednesday.
The employee, who was employed at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, was collaborating with the Justice Department and was questioned multiple times by federal officials, media reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The FBI also has surveillance video of witness clearing boxes from a closet.
In early August, the FBI raided Trump’s Florida mansion. The FBI has confiscated various confidential documents, some with the highest level of secrecy. According to the law, this material should have been delivered to the National Archives. After the raid, Trump turned to the Supreme Court in a dispute over the evaluation of the seized secret documents.
The witness initially denied handling sensitive documents, but later admitted moving the boxes at Trump’s request, the report said.
According to reports, key witness testimony and security camera recordings are the strongest evidence to date of a possible obstacle to justice by the former Republican president.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told the Washington Post that US President Joe Biden’s administration was using law enforcement as a weapon against Trump. “Every other president has been given time and respect in relation to document management, as the president has the ultimate authority to classify documents and decide which materials are to be classified,” he said.
Budowich accused the Justice Department of providing “misleading and false information” to the media. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Examination of documents is one of the many legal issues that Trump faces. He is considering running for president again in 2024.