On Tuesday federal prosecutors revealed that an unnamed employee of former President Donald Trump changed legal representation and proceeded to retract a “false testimony” given to the grand jury.
Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office has been referring to the employee in question in court documents as “Trump Employee 4” with some retracted statements from their testimonies and information focusing on Trump’s and others’ attempts to delete security footage of the Mar-a-Lago estate.
It was confirmed by Fox News Digital that Yuscil Tavares, a tech worker on the property, was Trump employee 4. Tavares who has now switched representation is going to be cooperating with the prosecutors. The court document had previously stated that Trump Employee 4 had repeatedly stated that they had no recollection of any discussions that had occurred regarding the security footage during their testimony in March 2023 before a grand jury.
However, in July Tavares was informed that he could potentially be a target of the investigation and there might be a conflict of interest for his lawyer who had represented others in the probe. As a result, the witness switched to a different lawyer from the federal defender’s office and provided more information to prosecutors that was based on the most recent updated indictment against Trump and his two co-defendants Carlos De Oliveira and Walt Nauta.
Smith had gotten access to the new information from the witness weeks before the updated indictment in which Trump and his co-defendants were accused of having deleted some of the surveillance videos from Mar-a-Lago.
Prosecutors have also clarified that the conflict of interest for the defense lawyer comes from the fact that defense lawyer, Stanley Woodward is also representing Nauta.