In his quest to go after former President Donald Trump at every turn, Special Counsel Jack Smith has now raised "conflict of interest" concerns regarding the attorney of one of Trump's co-conspirators in the classified documents case.
As Axios reported, Wault Nauta, who faces similar charges alongside the former president, is represented by attorney Stanley Woodward.
The DOJ wrote in the court filing that Woodward "has represented at least seven other individuals who have been questioned in connection with the investigation."
The DOJ is particularly concerned that Woodward represents two other Trump employees as well as previously advising a third employee whom they told the lawyer they believe has information that could "incriminate" Nauta.
Smith argued in the court filing, "All three of these witnesses may be witnesses for the government at trial, raising the possibility that Mr. Woodward might be in the position of cross-examining past or current clients."
NEW: Special Counsel's office wants Judge Cannon to hold a hearing on whether Stanley Woodward has a conflict that would prevent him from representing Walt Nauta because of his work with three other clients who may be called as witnesses at trial.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 2, 2023
Woodward has declined to comment on the DOJ's request, but the filing states that he "has indicated that as a general matter he does not oppose" his clients being informed on the matter.
The DOJ argued that a future hearing regarding the possibility of banning Woodward from the case would be "appropriate given that an attorney who cross-examines a former or present client inherently encounters divided loyalties."
In USA v Trump (M-A-L), seeks hearing on potential conflicts of interest of atty Stanley Woodward, who reps both def Nauta and potential several witnesses. ... https://t.co/k9YCCaiCkt
— Roger Parloff (@rparloff) August 2, 2023
Axios noted that Woodward requested the opportunity to respond to the DOJ's concerns over a conflict of interest. His response was not available as of this writing.
Smith has issued two federal indictments of the former president, which followed the first indictment out of New York by District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
A fourth possible indictment is beginning to suck up the airwaves. That indictment would be out of Georgia, at the hands of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Willis said last Thursday to local media, "We're read," suggesting that a charging decision could be imminent.
Through it all, Trump's 2024 presidential campaign is trucking along at full speed as the former president continues to dominate the polls.