Digital forensics experts set to testify in Trump classified docs case, say prosecutors

Expert Witnesses to Testify in Trump’s Classified Documents Case

The special counsel’s office has recently revealed its intention to call several FBI employees as expert witnesses in the case against former President Donald Trump. The prosecutors listed five witnesses who specialize in digital forensics and cellular analytics. These experts are expected to testify about the data and material extracted from devices and accounts belonging to Trump and his associates, as well as the data related to an unnamed individual identified as “Trump Employee 2.”

Indictment and Superseding Charges

In June 2023, Trump was indicted on criminal charges related to mishandling classified documents that were discovered at his Mar-a-Lago resort in 2022. Later, a superseding indictment was issued, alleging Trump’s involvement in a plan to delete security video footage. Trump, along with his associates Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, has pleaded not guilty in this case.

Boxes of records stored in a bathroom and shower in the Lake Room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
Boxes of records stored in a bathroom and shower in the Lake Room at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (Justice Dept. via AP)

Expert Testimony on Key Events

The new court filing references specific dates mentioned in the indictment, including a private conversation that De Oliveira had with an unnamed Trump employee on June 27, 2022. It has been identified that Yuscil Taveras, the director of information technology at Mar-a-Lago, was the individual involved in this conversation. The filing also states that Taveras changed his initial testimony after switching lawyers.

During this alleged conversation, De Oliveira asked Taveras about the retention period of surveillance video footage on a server at Mar-a-Lago, expressing a desire to have it wiped. Later that day, De Oliveira and Nauta had a conversation, according to the indictment.

Upcoming Trial and Defense Motions

The special counsel’s office plans to rely on expert testimony to discuss the events of June 27, 2022, as well as the content extracted from the devices used by De Oliveira and Nauta.

The trial is scheduled for May, and Trump’s defense team has informed the court that they will file several motions in the coming week. These motions will seek to compel discovery from the special counsel’s office, including an order regarding the scope of the prosecution team and tracking information related to the handling of classified documents, damage assessments, and impeachment material related to the investigation.

The case against Trump is one of many set to go to trial this year, while he continues to pursue another term in the White House.

Read More of this Story at – 2024-01-13 04:18:00

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