Trump’s former Mar-a-Lago IT director has sensationally flipped on his old boss – admitting he lied during previous testimony.
Yuscil Taveras, earlier identified as ‘Trump Employee 4’, has backtracked on his claims that defended the 45th president, after replacing his Trump-funded attorney.
Taveras, 44, fired Stanley Woodward, who is backed by Trump’s Save America PAC, after being informed that he was the subject of a perjury investigation in June.
He was then offered a federal public defender, which has seemingly led to the IT specialist cooperating with Special Counsel Jack Smith and testifying against Trump.
Court documents say that Taveras ‘retracted his prior false testimony’ immediately after receiving new counsel and ‘provided information that implicated Nauta, [Carlos] De Oliveira, and Trump’.
Yuscil Taveras, who was identified previously as ‘Trump Employee 4’, appears to have changed his story and is set to testify against the former president. Pictured: Donald Trump inside a Manhattan courtroom in April
Special Counsel Jack Smith filed 37 counts against Trump for his handling of classified documents
He is now claiming that both men were part of the plot to ‘delete security camera footage, as set forth in the superseding indictment’, the court documents revealed.
Trump, who is currently the Republican primary frontrunner, was charged in June with 37 counts related to violations of the Espionage Act, willfully retaining classified documents and refusing to return them to the federal government.
Nauta is also accused of conspiring to obstruct an FBI and grand jury investigation. He has pleaded not guilty.
The former president has pleaded not guilty, and denied every allegation made against him – as he now faces four separate criminal indictments.
New court filings show that the federal government ‘anticipates calling Trump Employee 4 as a trial witness and expects that he will testify to conduct alleged in the superseding indictment regarding efforts to delete security footage.’
‘Trump Employee 4 will very likely face cross-examination about his prior inconsistent statements in his grand jury testimony, which occurred while Mr. Woodward represented him, and which he disavowed immediately after obtaining new counsel,’ it added.
The indictment Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office filed in July refers to Mar-a-Lago’s head of IT, ‘Employee 4,’ as questioning whether he had ‘the right’ to wipe security servers.
It says De Oliveira questioned Employee 4 – since revealed as Taveras – inside an audio closet at the club, saying that ‘the boss’ wanted the server ‘deleted’ – in a likely reference to Trump, who had personal phone calls with De Oliveira.
‘Trump Employee 4 responded that he would not know how to do that, and that he did not believe that he would have the rights to do that,’ reads the indictment.
The three suspects in the case have all appeared in Miami court on the charges, with De Oliveira was added to the indictment in July.
De Oliveira has worked at the Palm Beach club for a decade and was promoted to head of maintenance last year.
His lawyer, John Irving, called it ‘unfortunate’ that the Justice Department had charged his client and said it was time for prosecutors to ‘put their money where their mouth is.’
A superseding indictment accused De Oliveira of conspiring to delete security footage of boxes of documents at Mar-a-Lago after a grand jury subpoena sought their return.
The indictment quotes him communicating with another club employee about the security footage and telling him that ‘the boss’ wants it deleted.
It also says he lied when he denied to government officials ever having moved boxes at the club or having knowledge about them.
Carlos De Oliveira, 56, (center) is flanked by his attorney and security as he leaves federal court on July 31
Walt Nauta, a former Trump aide and White House valet, has also been charged in the probe. He pleaded not guilty – as did Trump and De Oliveira
‘Never saw nothing,’ he is quoted as saying.
His landlord, Tiberio Almeida, said he moved from Portugal to Massachusetts over 30 years ago, and then moved to Florida. His promotion came after he impressed his boss by redoing ornate metalwork on club doors, according to The Washington Post.
De Oliveira, Trump and Nauta are facing charges that include conspiracy to obstruct justice in the case stemming from secret government documents found at Mar-a-Lago after Trump’s presidency ended in 2021.
De Oliveira is also charged with lying to investigators. Prosecutors allege he falsely claimed he had not even seen boxes moved into Mar-a-Lago after Mr Trump left the White House.