On Thursday, the New York Times reported that federal prosecutors involved in the special counsel investigation of Donald Trump’s handling of classified records have received the cooperation of an unnamed person who worked for Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate, multiple sources confirmed.
According to the Times, using grand jury testimony and new subpoenas, the Justice Department hopes to create a more complete picture of how Trump stored the documents he took with him when he left office, as well as who could access them and how the security cameras work.
Multiple sources familiar with the investigation confirmed the existence of the confidential witness in the probe being led by special counsel Jack Smith.
According to sources, the witness is believed to have provided the investigation with a picture of the storage room that held the White House documents. However, not much else is known about what investigators may have learned from the unnamed witness or when the witness first started cooperating with federal prosecutors.
According to the New York Times, it appears that federal prosecutors are trying to fill in some of the blanks left by Trump’s valet Walt Nauta, whom prosecutors believe was unable to provide a full account of his role in moving the boxes that contained classified documents.
At least four other employees from Mar-a-Lago have been subpoenaed in the last few weeks. The sources said nearly everyone working at Mar-a-Lago has been subpoenaed in the probe. Additionally, others who hold relatively obscure positions at Trump’s Florida estate have also been asked back for further interviews.
Several other subpoenas seeking additional Mar-a-Lago surveillance footage have been issued to the Trump Organization, according to sources.
It is believed that the surveillance footage could fill in the blanks on the movement of the boxes. At the same time, one source told the New York Times that prosecutors have questioned some witnesses about gaps in the footage.
To that end, prosecutors have also subpoenaed Matthew Calamari Sr., the COO of the Trump Organization who served as the longtime head of security for Trump’s company. Both Calamari and his son Michael Calamari Jr., the corporate director of security, testified before the grand jury last Thursday.