Now Mar-a-Lago SERVERS are subpoenaed in Trump classified documents case, while his former press assistant Margo Martin is dragged before the investigator
- Special Counsel Jack Smith casts a wide net as he questions Donald Trump
- At least two dozen Mar-a-Lago employees have been subpoenaed, according to the report
- They include a housekeeper and restaurant servers, CNN reported
The investigation into former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents is rapidly expanding, with at least two dozen members of his inner circle and Mar-a-Lago staff — including restaurant servers — being subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury.
It’s the latest sign that Special Counsel Jack Smith is wasting no time as he investigates how presidential documents ended up on Trump’s Florida estate and whether the former president obstructed efforts to recover them.
For his part, Trump claims he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt.
His press assistant Margo Martin, who worked at the White House before moving to Florida with Trump in 2021, appeared before the grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, according to CNN.
Sources told the network that Smith was seeking evidence from a variety of associates close to Trump, from lawyers to people who work on the Mar-a-Lago property, including a housekeeper and wait staff.
Press assistant Margo Martin, who accompanied Donald Trump here as he left Trump Tower in New York last year, is one of several staffers who have appeared before a grand jury
CNN reports that at least two dozen with at least two dozen members of Trump’s inner circle and Mar-a-Lago staff — including restaurant servers subpoenaed to testify
“They cast an extremely wide net — anyone and everyone who could have seen anything,” said a source.
Investigators have reportedly already spoken to a Mar-a-Lago employee who was captured by security cameras moving boxes from a storage room.
The Justice Department has been investigating the case for over a year.
The investigation exploded last August when FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago.
They found 18 documents marked top secret, 54 marked secret, 31 marked confidential, and 11,179 government documents or photos that had no classification marks.
But that was not the beginning.
The National Archives had become concerned that the presidential documents had not been properly handed over when staff saw Trump officials carrying boxes to helicopters as the president left the White House. That led to a review of what had actually been submitted.
A year later, archivists received 15 more boxes of documents brought to Mar-a-Lago. Some were later found to be classified.
Trump insists he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt and will run for president even if charged with criminal offenses
An FBI investigation in Mar-a-Lago uncovered 100 documents that had been marked as classified in August
Federal agents then visited Mar-a-Lago in June to check for more files and were told that all classified documents had been turned in.
In addition to staffers, Smith continues to pursue Trump attorney Evan Corcoran.
He is asking a federal judge to invoke “the crime fraud exception,” which invalidates attorney-client privilege, when there is reason to believe that legal advice or legal services have been used in the promoting a crime.
Smith, most recently a war crimes prosecutor, was appointed as special counsel on Nov. 18 to investigate both Trump’s dealings with the more than 300 classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s actions on Jan. 6.
Trump has said he will not be knocked out of his presidential campaign by criminal charges.
Speaking to reporters recently, he said he would “absolutely” stay in the running for president even if he was indicted.
“I wouldn’t even think about leaving,” he said ahead of his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Probably it will improve my numbers.”