Trump’s Closest Allies Turn On Him?

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Thursday, one of former President Donald Trump’s aides testified before the grand jury handling the investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack and the role that Trump’s attempts to remain in power played in the incident.

According to multiple reports, Will Russell, an aide who had spent at least a part of that day with Trump has so far testified at least three times before the grand jury. During his time serving in the Trump administration, Russell worked as the deputy director of presidential advance operations and as a special assistant to the President. Russell is still employed by Trump as he is working for his 2024 presidential campaign.

The grand jury was created by special counsel Jack Smith who has been overseeing the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021. On Tuesday, Trump posted on Truth Social that he had received a “target letter” on Sunday from Smith and that he was expected to appear within four days before the grand jury.

NBC News and the Washington Post reported that Russell’s lawyer had been late in attending a proceeding on Thursday at the same courthouse. As a result, the lawyer, Stanley Woodward, got into a confrontation with U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, where she argued that she was not able to leave her client before the grand jury when he was being asked questions that deal with executive privilege.

Smith is specifically looking into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, including his push to have Vice President Mike Pence refuse to certify the election results, and the Jan. 6, Capitol attack.

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