Mar-a-Lago IT Worker’s Agreement
- Yuscil Taveras, a Mar-a-Lago IT employee, has reached a cooperation deal with special counsel Jack Smith. This move suggests Taveras has turned against former President Donald Trump.
- Previously, Taveras had withdrawn his initial statement, which contributed to the indictment of Trump and aide Walt Nauta concerning mishandling classified data.
Details of the Agreement
- The understanding, according to Taveras’ past lawyer Stanley Woodward, means Taveras is exempt from perjury prosecution in return for testifying in Smith’s case.
- The Justice Department referred to Taveras as “Trump Employee 4”. Woodward clarified that the same deal was not presented to Taveras until after certain legal adjustments were made.
Taveras’ Involvement and Indication
- In July, Taveras accused Trump, asserting the ex-president instructed others to request the erasure of security videos.
- By August 22, records from Smith indicated Taveras initially denied or couldn’t remember discussions about Mar-a-Lago’s security tapes. However, after learning he was in the crosshairs of a perjury inquiry by the Washington grand jury, Taveras changed his stance, split from Woodward, and agreed to testify for the government.
- Questions arose regarding potential conflicts for Woodward, especially concerning cross-examining Taveras. Woodward confirmed he wasn’t involved in Taveras’ decision to cooperate.