Trump’s bizarre 2020 Oval Office meeting ‘focus of questioning’ for special counsel – live updates

The team investigating Donald Trump led by special counsel Jack Smith has indicated their ongoing attention is on a 2020 Oval Office meeting during the last days of his administration, it has been reported.

According to CNN, investigators have questioned multiple witnesses about the bizarre Oval Office meeting which involved former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne. The investigation has been ongoing for several months.

Nearly a month after Donald Trump was arraigned on the 38-count federal indictment that he and his longtime aide Walt Nauta are facing for allegedly unlawfully retaining national defence information and obstructing justice, the ex-president’s co-defendant has pleaded not guilty to charges of having assisted Mr Trump in concealing classified documents from the government.

Trump’s bizarre 2020 Oval Office meeting

Mr Nauta, a retired Navy chief petty officer who served as Mr Trump’s White House valet before following him to Florida after the end of the Trump administration, is on his own charged with a single count of making a false statement to federal investigators.

Surveillance footage from the Mar-a-Lago estate, allegedly showed that dozens of boxes were moved in the days before investigators from the Department of Justice visited to retrieve records.