Budowich, former Trump aide, to testify in investigation of classified documents – CNN

MIAMI (Reuters) – Taylor Budowich, a former aide to Donald Trump, was due to appear before a grand jury on Wednesday in the federal probe into the former president’s handling of classified documents after he left the White House, reported CNN.

Budowich, a former Trump spokesman who now heads a Trump-allied Super PAC, MAGA Inc., arrived at the Miami federal courthouse with his attorney, Stanley Woodward, according to CNN. Both refused to answer questions upon arrival.

Budowich did not immediately respond to an email from Reuters seeking comment on his appearance.

Federal investigators are investigating whether Trump and his associates broke the law by keeping U.S. documents, including at his Florida home, after he left the White House and then tried to obstruct the Department of Justice’s investigation. Justice.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that a witness is scheduled to appear before a federal grand jury in Miami as part of this Justice Department investigation led by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

A federal grand jury panel in Washington heard months of testimony in the case. It’s unclear whether federal prosecutors plan to bring charges in Florida instead of or in addition to Washington, the Post said.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland has tapped Smith to oversee the documents affair as well as the role of Trump and others in a wide range of actions surrounding his defeat in the 2020 presidential election that resulted in the attack by his supporters on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. .

Trump is the first past or present US president to face criminal charges, after pleading not guilty in April to felony charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney for falsifying business records relating to hidden money paid to a star porn before his election in 2016.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

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