Former Mar-a-Lago Valet Brian Butler Says Trump Unfit For Office

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally at the Forum River Center on March 9, 2024, in Rome, Georgia. | Source: Chip Somodevilla / Getty

Former Mar-a-Lago valet Brian Butler came forward to reveal being a source for the federal indictment against Donald Trump over the handling of classified documents and why he feels the former president is unfit for office.

On Monday night, CNN aired an exclusive interview with Brian Butler, who used to work at the estate in South Florida where Trump calls home. Butler spoke about his role as the key source of information for Special Counsel Jack Smith’s indictment of Trump, saying that his former boss is unfit to be president again.

Butler, who’s referred to as “Trump Employee 5” in the indictment, worked at the estate as a club valet, manager, and chauffeur along with valet Walt Nauta and property manager Carlos De Oliveira. Both men are currently facing criminal charges along with Trump. Butler spoke to CNN’s Kaitlin Collins about Trump sharing classified information about submarines with Australian billionaire Anthony Pratt, and how Pratt repeated that information to his chief-of-staff as Butler was driving them. He also told Collins he had no idea he was helping to move sensitive information. “For me, I’m just thinking, eh, the former president, he has a lot of stuff he likes to lug around with him,” Butler said, referring to moving the “10 to 15” white bankers boxes of information stored in various places at Mar-a-Lago which Smith cites in the indictment.

“We’re all dirty. We all moved boxes,” one of Trump’s co-defendants told Brian Butler, previously only known as Trump Employee 5, who says he felt pressured to get a Trump attorney but refused.

— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) March 12, 2024

Collins asked Butler if he felt Trump was a security risk, to which Butler responded: “I personally would just say I just don’t believe that he should be a presidential candidate at this time. I think it’s time to move on.” When pressed on if he was “concerned”, the 41-year-old replied, “Yeah, absolutely. I think we can do better.” Butler also criticized Trump’s defense in the case as “bogus”.  “To me, you have the ‘law and order’ president attacking agents, the special counsel on almost a daily basis, when these people are just taking their sworn oath—they took a sworn oath to basically follow the laws of this country. And now you have somebody attacking them. I don’t think that’s right.”

Butler also spoke about the end of his and De Oliveira’s 20-year friendship, blaming Trump for that division. “Nobody should have to go through that. And for him (Trump) to get up there all the time and say the things he says about this being a witch hunt and everything. … He just can’t take responsibility for anything,” he said.


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