Top Trump campaign aide identified as key individual in classified docs indictment: Sources

One of the top advisers on Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign, identified among individuals but not named by special counsel Jack Smith, is allegedly facing indictment for mishandling classified documents. After leaving the White House, the former president is accused of obstructing the government’s efforts to retrieve these documents, according to familiar sources who spoke to ABC News.

Sources claim that in either August or September 2021, it is alleged that Trump presented a confidential map to Susie Wiles, the person identified in Smith’s indictment as the “PAC Representative” responsible for spearheading his campaign for a second term and one of Trump’s most reliable counselors.

Trump, as per the indictment, is accused of displaying a classified map of an undisclosed nation to Wiles while emphasizing the importance of maintaining a certain distance and caution. This occurred during a conversation about a military mission that Trump claimed was experiencing difficulties.

“According to a campaign spokesperson for President Trump, the effort to regain control of the White House, this fraudulent inquiry led by Joe Biden and his politicized Department of Justice, is evidently intended to cause extensive political harm and obstruct President Trump. The investigation conducted by the Special Counsel is blatantly involved in direct interference and intervention in the election process by targeting a key figure in President Trump’s re-election campaign,” stated Jack Smith, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign.

The White House and the Department of Justice have both denied any political interference in the special counsel’s investigation, according to a spokesperson for the declined office counsel.

The second instance detailed in the indictment by prosecutors is the alleged exchange between Wiles and Trump, which allegedly shows how Trump disclosed classified information in private meetings after leaving the White House. This audio recording, obtained by ABC News in July 2021, is described by people who heard it as a “confidential” and “highly” sensitive document relating to Iran.

According to ABC News, sources have stated that individuals present at the meeting, which consisted of the authors assisting Meadows in writing his book and a minimum of two aides to Trump, have communicated with Smith’s team. The gathering revolved around individuals who were providing assistance to Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, in the creation of his memoir, as per insider information.

Based on an audio recording of the gathering, Trump was not flaunting confidential papers, as he appears to be doing throughout the meeting, and persistently asserts that he did not engage in any improper actions.

I didn’t have any documents. I was just talking about documents and papers, but I was only talking about it. It was bravado. If you want to know the truth, I would say it was bravado. ABC News told Trump on Tuesday, “It’s bravado,” I would say.

The sources from the White House have claimed that the alleged efforts to subvert the government’s documents were made by President Trump. It is stated that he sometimes had classified materials in his possession and handled them. Prosecutors are interested in understanding how this reflects Trump’s state of mind. There are two instances where a person identified as Wiles was shown a classified map or document related to Iran. However, it does not seem to indicate that Trump was specifically charged for retaining these materials.

If Wiles’ identification by reliable sources is accurate, it raises the prospect that Wiles could be called to testify as a key witness, seen as one of Trump’s most trusted confidants. Wiles previously helped Ron DeSantis, now-Trump’s GOP primary opponent in two campaigns. It also raises the question of whether Wiles should go to trial prior to the 2024 election, given his involvement in Trump’s case.

In 2016, she additionally led Trump’s campaign efforts in Florida, and later assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer for Trump’s Save America political action committee.

Wiles, Chris LaCivita, and Brian Jack are the individuals leading the campaign’s activities, overseeing all expenses, fundraising, and infrastructure. However, Trump has yet to appoint a campaign manager for the 2024 election.

In order to facilitate the work of staff in preparing the indictment, Michael and Molly, referred to as “2 Employee Trump” and “1 Employee Trump” respectively, are moving back and forth in Mar-a-Lago estate to organize the boxes containing Trump’s business documents. Additionally, the indictment also reveals the involvement of Harrison Hayley and other individuals, whose identities have been further disclosed by sources.

Trump’s previous executive assistant, Michael, whose name was previously disclosed as an individual identified in the indictment, is no longer employed by him, whereas Harrison currently serves as an assistant to Trump’s spouse, Melania Trump.

According to the indictment, Michael, as identified by sources, wrote that 2 employees of Trump, identified as sources by Harrison, wrote that 1 employee of Trump, identified as sources by Harrison, wrote that “everything he does, he wants to go to storage or on the property. There are some other things there that are not papers.” According to the indictment, Michael, as identified by sources, wrote that 2 employees of Trump, identified as sources by Harrison, wrote that 1 employee of Trump, identified as sources by Harrison, wrote that “he only cares about his papers. There is still a little room in the shower where his other stuff is.”

In one instance in December, an employee of Trump Nauta discovered several boxes that had fallen on the floor, spilling their contents. The employee sent a photo of the spilled contents, along with a document that included visible markings for classification. According to identified sources, between November 2021 and 2022, Michael, a longtime aide of Trump, exchanged text messages with 2 employees of Trump Nauta, discussing the contents of the boxes. He personally reviewed the contents, bringing them from the storage room in Trump’s residence to his own room. This finding is mentioned in the indictment of Walt, another employee of Trump.

Nauta was accused together with Trump earlier this month of conspiring to impede justice and providing false information.

According to sources, Alex Cannon, the former lawyer of Donald Trump, said that he will provide an update on the indictment. The update includes the review status of Trump’s boxes and the messages exchanged between “Employee Trump” and “Representative Trump” in December 2021. Identified as Michael, Employee Trump and Nauta exchanged messages. Cannon was responsible for facilitating the initial transfer of 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives in January 2022 and was in touch with the National Archives.

None of the individuals mentioned in the indictment, as identified by sources, are being accused of any misconduct.

The upcoming court session in the lawsuit is set for mid-July to discuss the management of classified substances in the legal proceedings.