From CNN "A longtime Mar-a-Lago employee


From CNN "A longtime Mar-a-Lago employee who is a central witness in the investigation into former President Donald Trumps handling of classified documents is now speaking publicly because he believes that voters should hear the truth about his former boss and the case before the November election."

Bombshell interview sees Trump witness reveal he loaded boxes of documents onto plane

, an employee at Mar-a-Lago serving as a witness in the case against former President Donald Trump, told his side of the story to CNN's Kaitlan Collins in an interview released on Monday.

Butler, identified in court records only as "Trump Employee 5," said he was asked by the former president's body man Walt , also charged in the indictment from special counsel Jack Smith, to help him load boxes onto Trump's plane.

"They were the boxes that were in the indictment, the white banker's boxes," Butler told Collins.
"That's what I remember loading."

Butler told Collins this after explaining the journey from Mar-a-Lago that included a motorcade and a text message alerting Trump's valet that he on his way.

"He followed me, he pulled out and got behind me," Butler said. "I ended up loading all the luggage I had, and he had a bunch of boxes."

Collins demanded to know if Butler understood that there might be U.S. national security secrets in the boxes he was told to handle.

"No, I had no clue," Butler said. "We were just taking them out of the Escalade, piling them up. I remember they were all stacked on top of each other and then we're lifting them up to the pilots."

"How many boxes was it" asked Collins.
"They asked me in the interview, and I believe it was I tend to 15, is what I remember," said Butler.

Butler didn't realize until later that the boxes would end up at the heart of special counsel Jack Smith's Florida federal court case, in which Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiracy to obstruct justice and corruptly concealing a document or record, he said.

"There were a few different things that happened that kind of opened my eyes to, you know, something's going on here," Butler said.

"So you get that unusual request," Collins said. "Did you ever think to yourself, why were there so many boxes at Mar-a-Lago"

"For me, I'm just thinking, oh, the former president has a lot of stuff he likes to lug around with him," he said. "I never would've thought it was anything like what we see."

1/... "Brian Butler, Trump Employee 5 in the classified indictment brought by .. doesnt believe the criminal case against is a witch hunt:...Butler..unknowingly helped Nauta deliver boxes of classified information from Mar-a-Lago to the former presidents plane in June 2022 the same day that Trump and his attorney were meeting with DOJ at Mar-a-Lago about the classified docs"

A requisite timeline to keep up with the former Republican president's many court demands.

"Keeping Up With the Trump Trials"

Via Lisa Rubin: 1/2

Some of these excuses are running thin. lawyer Chris Kise, for example, lives in , as does Sasha Dadan, FL counsel for Walt Nauta.

Katie Phang:

NEW: All of the MAL defendants seek an extension of time to file certain Reply briefs to various Oppositions filed by Special Counsel that responded to Defendants multiple motions to dismiss.

Follow up to my last posting...

Floyd's Island

Via Kyle Cheney:

filed response to 's claim he= entitled to declare classified he tk home w him as "personal" records.

Says Trump's claim to possess DOE security clearance after leaving office is incorrect.

Prosecutors got *lots* of warrants on Walt Nauta..say Nauta brought Trump boxes to review, but Trump cut off review after lking at 15 boxes & ordered only those shipped to NARA, even though there were another 70-80 left in storage

Via Kyle Cheney:

JUST IN: Prosecutors say they've provided another small batch of discovery to in his case, including "the memorialization of an interview conducted on March 6, 2024."

Via Emptywheel: 1/...

Aside from hour improper this is and the likelihood that it'll work, if the appointment thing works, then Hunter Biden's far better appointment claim gets fast-tracked.

Hugo Lowell:

New: Judge in classified case accepts two amicus briefs filed by Trump-adjacent lawyers that may be of considerable help re Trump motions to dismiss ominous for Special Counsel. 1st says NARA referral flawed and 2nd says improperly appointed.

The coup leader/rapist/fraud is blocking a bipartisan border reform bill this month that wouldve provided billions for our border security. He blocked it.

The entire GOP has bent the knee and given allegiance to a man who is charged with , adjudicated fraud, adjudicated rapist, bragged about grabbing women by the genitals, engaged in numerous adulterous affairs, was held liable for sexually assaulting a woman, and is proud of helping kill Roe v Wade.

Republicans are weak and in profound moral collapse.

Anyone ever wonder if the at were shared with foreign leaders who want back in office

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Set Thursday Deadline Before Release of

Judge Delay McTrumpTool does it again.

NBC: Just before 3 p.m., Judge adjourned court for the day, with no date set for the start of a trial in the classified case.

just admitted that they use customer ( we send them) to train

Judge Cannon is pointing and laughing.

Via Kyle Griffin: 1/...

Breaking: Special counsel wants 's classified case in to go to trial on July 8.

Via former CIA attorney Secrets and Laws:

In just a few hours, we'll see DOJ's & 's competing schedule proposals in the MAL case.

Look for DOJ to push back the trial date just slightly, likely proposing a June/July trial date.

Look for Trump to say he can't propose a date until 80 bajillion things are resolved.

Via Kyle Cheney:

Judge will permit a lawyer for a coalition of media outlets to present argument tomorrow on issues related to access/sealing of case filings.

+ s for

He faces four counts of of a , four counts of criminal possession of , and a count of to commit a .

And howd I miss this one Thats 2.

Via Andrew Weissmann:

Judge 's ruling is correct & obvious & avoids her getting reversed for 3rd time by the 11th Cir. Predict she will also reverse herself on full disclosure of witness names/statements (for same reason). Many more motions for her to decide...

Mueller, She Wrote:

Judge Cannon has GRANTED s motion to keep classified discovery from Nauta and DeOliveira.

New video up.

The surprising of internal from in reveals that under the likely supervision of the at least two in ,working with or about ,have been targeted. I didn't know that our and is so important to the .

Via Kyle Cheney:

JUST IN: cites the Hur Report to argue that 's handling of classified was significantly more aggravated/willful than Joe Biden's.

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Heads up.

Via Anna Bower:

Judge Scott McAfee has set a date to hear argument on the motion to disqualify from prosecuting the RICO case against Trump and others.

Hearing set for March 1 at 1 p.m.

As with most Fulton County proceedings, the hearing will be live-streamed.

ADDED: Via Katie Phang:

The Scheduling Conference in the MAL case is also scheduled for March 1 at 1 pm...


s lawyers have filed several motions to dismiss the classified case in , citing, among other things, presidential immunity and arguing special counsel was unlawfully appointed.

show for based in if wins a second term

Close of the an

New video up.

"This is objectively correct.Trump is the very worstthe actual bottom of the barrelof the human beings our country has birthed.You can tell me that he is tied with some others ...Manson, Dahmer, and but as a Trump biographer Im not going to have any difficulty arguing that no one *exceeds* Trump in being despicable. Keep in mind that the death toll from his actions during the pandemic will never be equaled by any serial killer or terrorist because it would be logistically impossible." s.a.

He is responsible for the death of many thousands of Americans.

Donald Trump is a horrid, malignant, narcissistic sociopath. Hes one of the worst exemplars of the human species Ive ever witnessed. Period.

Prosecuting Julian Assange gives the green light for countries all around the world to protect their government secrets by unjustly charging international reporters or editors with crimes


The word "archive" is derived from the French "archives," which in turn comes from the Late Latin "archivum" and the Greek "ta arkheia."

The Greek term originally referred to the home or dwelling of the Archon, a ruler or chief magistrate, in which important official state were filed and interpreted.


Via Kyle Cheney:

Judge has denied 's effort to postpone pretrial deadlines but says she'd consider late-filed matters if they can show they're necessary.

The full never came to fruition, in large part because the conspirators didn't get enough buy-in from then-Vice President Mike Pence and other key Republican leaders.

But the newly revealed are a chilling reminder that the violence of the Capitol insurrection was just a small part of what was a vast, sweeping to steal the 2020 election from President Joe Biden and the voters who elected him.

This matters, because "January 6" has become a shorthand for an attempted that, in actuality, lasted for two months and across multiple states.

There's a real danger that the on January 6 is eclipsing the public's understanding of all the events and crimes that led up to QAnon idiots storming the Capitol. 

Via Brandon Van Grack:

During the Super Bowl, DOJ filed a motion in Mar-a-Lago case requesting permission to reply to defs' reply to support their motion to compel discovery. DOJ alleges procedural error: defs improperly raised a new claim that discovery is warranted based on selective prosecution

is expected to be in attendance Monday in when Judge Aileen presides over a hearing in his classified case in which attorneys will address issues surrounding the classified materials in question.

The hearings will be under seal & held in a SCIF -- a specially-equipped secure room for viewing highly classified materials -- located in Fort Pierce, Florida

Via Roger Parloff:

Quick update on tense dispute between Judge & govt in USA v (MaL): ln trying to persuade Cannon to reconsider her order last week to unseal identities of >24 participants in probe, including some witnesses & their statements ...

I feel like this should be "Breaking News!"

Jack Smith Files "Motion for Reconsideration and Stay' - regarding Cannon's ruling(s) about classified evidence - either not knowing, or making up, law.

This seems to have been gotten lost in the news/noise mix ...

Jack Smiths ready to go and is tired of Cannons obstruction and disregard for (actual) law!

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