(TheRedWire.com) – On Monday, Judge Aileen Cannon agreed to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to investigate whether two former President Donald Trump’s co-defendants’ attorneys in the Mar-a-Lago case could have a possible conflict of interest.
The decision was made after the Justice Department pointed out that the two had clients that could be called up as Witnesses in the case of Trump’s co-defendant and valet, Walt Nauta.
Nauta had allegedly moved boxes from a Mar-a-Lago storage room with the Mar-a-Lago property manager, Carlos De Oliveira. One of the two attorneys, Stanley Woodward, had represented in the past at least seven clients who had been brought in for questioning in connection to the investigation. The DOJ noted that Nauta needed to receive accurate advice regarding the possible conflict of interest his attorneys might have.
De Oliveira, who has also been charged with obstructing justice and lying to authorities, is represented by John Irving, who had previously counseled one of the witnesses in the case. According to the Justice Department, the witness in question has brought forward evidence that Oliveira had provided a false statement. They also presented information regarding the defendant’s loyalty to the former President and his involvement in replacing one of the locks in a Mar-a-Lago closer after he and Nauta had moved the boxes from the property’s storage room.
Dual hearings regarding this issue have been scheduled for October 12. Previously, special counsel Jack Smith had also filed a complaint about Trump’s offer to cover the legal expenses for those swept up in the legal cases against him.
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