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Trump Aide Walt Nauta Pleads Not Guilty In Classified Documents Case

Nauta has been accused of hiding top-secret national security files from investigators.

Walt Nauta arrives at the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building in Miami on July 6. | Photo: Alon Skuy/Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump’s personal aide, Walt Nauta, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Florida on charges over his handling of classified documents.

The Story: Nauta, a co-defendant in the case with Trump, has been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements.

  • Nauta has been accused of hiding top-secret national security files from investigators after Trump left the White House.

Deeper dive: Both Trump and Nauta have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them with neither being held on bail following their hearing.

Why it matters: Trump’s not guilty plea means he will be able to still go out on the campaign trail despite his legal troubles.

  • Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying he will not exit the race for the GOP nomination even if he is convicted.
  • Nauta faces the possibility of 20 years in prison if he is convicted of the most serious charge against him, the Washington Post reported.
  • Last month, a federal judge in Florida overseeing the case set a tentative start date of Aug. 14 for Trump’s criminal trial while the Justice Department has asked for a December start date.
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Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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