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Prosecutors in the case of government documents found at Mar-a-Lago are focusing on two men with close ties to Donald Trump: Kash Patel and Walt Nauta, The New York Times reports. Here’s a little about the two men:

Patel is considered a Trump loyalist, and during his final days in the White House, the president elevated him to chief of staff to the acting secretary of defense. He also considered appointing Patel as deputy director of the FBI and CIA, but was stopped by objections from more senior members of his administration, including the attorney general. William Barrwhich the Times reports considered him unqualified for the FBI job.

Patel – who wrote a children’s book on the Steele dossier – was among Trump surrogates who echoed his claim that he had declassified all documents found at Mar-a-Lago, but claimed his Fifth Amendment was just when prosecutors asked him to testify. The Times reports that the government is now trying to convince a federal judge to force him to answer their questions.

The second man sought by prosecutors is much less well known, but apparently more cooperative. Nauta was a White House cook who became a valet to Trump, often bringing him the Diet Cokes he’s known to go through his days drinking in abundance. The government has obtained CCTV footage showing Nauta moving storage boxes out of an area of ​​Mar-a-Lago where government secrets were supposedly kept, and investigators want to know why this was done. Nauta has spoken to the government at least twice, according to the report, but prosecutors question whether he is being completely candid with them.

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Prosecutors in the case of government documents found at Mar-a-Lago are focusing on two men with close ties to Donald Trump: Kash Patel and Walt Nauta, The New York Times reports. Here’s a little about the two men:

Patel is considered a Trump loyalist, and during his final days in the White House, the president elevated him to chief of staff to the acting secretary of defense. He also considered appointing Patel as deputy director of the FBI and CIA, but was stopped by objections from more senior members of his administration, including the attorney general. William Barrwhich the Times reports considered him unqualified for the FBI job.

Patel – who wrote a children’s book on the Steele dossier – was among Trump surrogates who echoed his claim that he had declassified all documents found at Mar-a-Lago, but claimed his Fifth Amendment was just when prosecutors asked him to testify. The Times reports that the government is now trying to convince a federal judge to force him to answer their questions.

The second man sought by prosecutors is much less well known, but apparently more cooperative. Nauta was a White House cook who became a valet to Trump, often bringing him the Diet Cokes he’s known to go through his days drinking in abundance. The government has obtained CCTV footage showing Nauta moving storage boxes out of an area of ​​Mar-a-Lago where government secrets were supposedly kept, and investigators want to know why this was done. Nauta has spoken to the government at least twice, according to the report, but prosecutors question whether he is being completely candid with them.

Investigators clamp down on Trump aides as they seek answers in Mar-a-Lago probe

Hello, readers of the American political blog. The constant trickle of details about the investigation into government secrets uncovered at donald trumpThe Mar-a-Lago resort continues, with The New York Times reporting yesterday that prosecutors are pressuring two aides to the former president for more information on how documents were handled at the southern property from Florida. It’s not yet clear what the revelation means, but it clearly shows the number of leads investigators are following as they seek answers to sensitive documents Trump took with him when he left the White House.

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  • There is a bunch debates between candidates in the November 8 midterm elections, including the candidates for the Pennsylvania Senate Mehmet Oza republican and John Fettermana Democrat, who face off at 8 p.m. Eastern.

  • Progressive Democrats seem to go back a letter sent to Biden yesterday calling for more diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine.



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