Now Mar-a-Lago’s SERVERS are being subpoenaed in the Trump classified documents case as his former press secretary Margo Martin is dragged before the investigator
- Special Counsel Jack Smith casts wide net as he probes Donald Trump
- At least two dozen Mar-a-Lago employees have been subpoenaed, report says
- They include a housekeeper and restaurant servers, CNN reported.
The investigation into former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents is growing rapidly, with at least two dozen members of his entourage and Mar-a-Lago staff – including restaurant servers – being assigned to testify before a grand jury.
It’s the latest sign that Special Counsel Jack Smith is wasting no time as he investigates how presidential documents ended up at Trump’s estate in Florida and whether the former president hampered efforts. to retrieve them.
For his part, Trump claims he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt.
His press secretary Margo Martin, who worked in the White House before moving with Trump to Florida in 2021, appeared before the grand jury in Washington, DC on Thursday, according to CNN.
Sources told the network that Smith was seeking evidence from a host of employees close to Trump, from attorneys to people working the Mar-a-Lago grounds, including a housekeeper and servers.
Press secretary Margo Martin, seen here accompanying Donald Trump as he left Trump Tower in New York last year, was among the staff who appeared before a grand jury
CNN reports at least two dozen with at least two dozen members of Trump’s inner circle and Mar-a-Lago staff – including restaurant servers subpoenaed to testify
“They’re casting an extremely wide net – anyone who might have seen something,” a source said.
Investigators have reportedly already spoken to a Mar-a-Lago staff member captured by security cameras moving boxes from a storage room.
The Department of Justice has been investigating the case for about a year.
The investigation exploded into public view in August last year when FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago.
They found 18 documents marked as top secret, 54 marked secret, 31 marked as confidential and 11,179 government documents or photographs with no classification marking.
But that was not the start.
The National Archives had become concerned that presidential records had not been properly turned over when staff saw Trump officials carrying boxes to helicopters as the president left the White House. This triggered a review of what had actually been surrendered.
A year later, the archivists received 15 additional boxes of documents that had been transported to Mar-a-Lago. Some later turned out to be classified.
Trump insists he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt and will run for president even if charged with criminal offenses
An FBI search in Mar-a-Lago uncovered 100 documents marked classified in August
Federal agents then traveled to Mar-a-Lago in June to check other records and were told that all classified documents had been turned over.
In addition to the staffers, Smith continues to sue Trump’s defense attorney, Evan Corcoran.
He asks a federal judge to invoke the “criminal fraud exception,” which invalidates attorney-client privilege, when there is reason to believe that legal advice or legal services were used to favor a crime.
Smith, most recently a war crimes prosecutor, was appointed special counsel Nov. 18 to investigate both Trump’s handling of the more than 300 classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s actions on Jan. 6. .
Trump has said he will not be knocked out of his presidential campaign by criminal charges.
Speaking to reporters recently, he said he would “absolutely” remain in the presidential race, even if indicted.
“I wouldn’t even think about leaving,” he said before his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “It will probably improve my numbers.”