Walt Nauta, an aide to former President Trump, has been indicted along with the former president, according to the federal indictment unsealed Friday.
The 38th count in the indictment against Trump alleges Nauta made false statements and representations during a May 26, 2022 interview with the FBI.
Specifically, the government alleges Nauta lied when he said he did not know how boxes of classified documents were found in various locations within Mar-a-Lago, when he had moved the boxes himself.
Nauta is named a co-conspirator in the case, and has been a key witness in the investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith into the handling of classified documents after Trump left office.
Earllier Friday, former President Trump said in a social media post that Nauta had been indicted.
“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,” Trump posted on Truth Social. “He has done a fantastic job! 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 has been charged in a seven-count indictment involving the retention of national defense information, conspiracy and obstruction, according to three sources familiar with his case.
Nauta wasin security camera footage that has become a key part of the into , according to one source. A former White House culinary worker and Navy veteran, Nauta last year that the former president had directed him to move the boxes to a different location as the federal investigation was underway.
Multiple sources close to the investigation told CBS News that prosecutors focused on Nauta’s interactions with the boxes, but talks between his legal team and the Justice Department stalled after prosecutors took a more aggressive approach.
This is a developing story.
Robert Legare and Melissa Quinn contributed to this article.