An aide of former President Donald Trump admitted on Friday that he appeared before a grand jury investigating the White HouseIn Palm Beach, Fla.
A spokeswoman for Kash Patel, who served in intelligence and defense roles at the Trump White House and was named by Trump as a representative of the National Archives and Records administration, said in a statement to CBS News that Patel moved to Washington, D.C. had testified. Grand Jury Thursday.
The spokeswoman, Erica Knight, did not describe Patel’s testimony, but said “her testimony was forced upon her objection through the grant of limited immunity – the only legal means available to the government.”
In August the Justice Department seized White House files from Mar-a-Lago, some of which were“top secret.” Trump has insisted that the documents were with him legally. Trump has also said that he made some material public during the weak days of his presidency. in his possession which was classified.
Patel said in an interview with Breitbart News in May that it was present as material unclassified by Trump. Patel did not indicate on Friday whether the grand jury had asked him about the interview, in which he said Trump had “declassified a whole set of material in anticipation of leaving the government.”
Trump, who has not been charged with respect to possession of the documents and maintains his innocence, sued the Justice Department in August, seeking the return of the seized documents.
In October, a man working at Mar-a-Lago told investigators that Trump instructed the person to move boxes of sensitive documents because the investigation was already underway, according to a person familiar with the matter.
A special master appointed by the judge presiding over Trump’s trial is reviewing thousands of documents to determine which, if any, of the documents may be covered by attorney-client or executive privilege .
Trump’s lawyers have said that a president has broad declassification authority, but have not echoed Trump’s claim that he has declassified any material confiscated.
Federal prosecutors also say they are investigating a possible obstruction by Trump’s legal team, alleging that investigators were misled in June when representatives for the former president said all classified documents were returned to the government. Had gone.