Who is Walt Nauta — and why was the Trump aide also indicted in the documents case?
On Friday, the Justice Department unsealed an indictment against former President Donald Trump, which names his aide Walt Nauta as a co-conspirator. Trump faces 37 counts related to sensitive documents, and the 38th count alleges Nauta, a military veteran, made false statements and representations during an FBI interview.
- Read the full text of the indictment here.
Nauta, whose full name is Waltine Torre Nauta, is from Guam and enlisted in the Navy in 2001. From 2012 to 2021, he served in Washington, D.C. as part of the Presidential Food Service, according to his service record.
Trump called Nauta a "wonderful man" in a Truth Social post Friday. He said Nauta served in the White House and retired as a senior chief before becoming a personal aide. "He has done a fantastic job," Trump wrote on his social media platform.
Nauta was a valet to Trump, according to the indictment, a role that is similar to a personal assistant or "body man." Nauta would have worked closely with Trump in the White House and traveled with him, and continued to work for Trump after his presidency.