Trump offered pardon to Aide on Classified Docs Case "even for lying to FBI"


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Donald Trump’s valet Walt Nauta was told that if he was charged with lying to the FBI, the former president would pardon him when he won a second term in 2024, according to notes from an interview with a witness in the federal classified documents investigation.

A redacted summary of the November 2022 interview given to the FBI by the witness – who is identified as “Person 16” and described as someone who worked in Trump’s White House – was made public in newly unsealed court filings in the criminal case on Monday.

“NAUTA was also told that even if he gets charged with lying to the FBI, FPOTUS will pardon him in 2024.”

The summary also indicated the witness refused for the interview to be recorded, saying that would be “a far bigger risk for him in the Trump world.”

The witness visited Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida a number of times after the end of Trump’s presidency. During a November 2021 visit, the witness told Trump to give “whatever” he had back to the National Archives, according to the interview summary, which is known as a FD-302.

Nauta was charged in June of last year with lying to the FBI and obstructing the investigation by special counsel Jack Smith, along with Trump who was charged with obstruction and mishandling of classified and national defense information. Both men have pleaded not guilty.


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I think this Trump guy might not be so good after all.


An associate of former President Trump told the FBI of advising Trump to return documents the National Archives was seeking nearly a year before agents searched his Mar-a-Lago home, according to newly unsealed filings. The summary of the unnamed associate’s FBI interview was among a trove of documents that the judge handling Trump’s classified documents case released with redactions on Monday.

The associate, identified in the filings only as “person 16,” told the FBI that they had said to Trump while at Mar-a-Lago in Florida: “Whatever you have, give everything back. Let them come here and get everything. Don’t give them a noble reason to indict you, because they will.” The associate claimed Trump gave a “weird ‘you’re the man’ type of response” and was left with the impression that the former president would return the documents.


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Everyone is probably waiting to watch Fox News tonight to see how to spin this latest news before commenting i am sure.