John McEntee,  former Trump aide, testifies before a grand jury regarding investigations involving Trump

John McEntee, former Trump White House aide, appeared before a grand jury on Friday at the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, regarding investigations involving Trump.

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Justice Department had subpoenaed McEntee as part of its extensive investigation. When a CNN reporter approached him, he gave his name but was dragged away by his lawyer. On Friday morning, McEntee was seen entering the grand jury chamber.

The Justice Department’s investigation, which is being overseen by special counsel Jack Smith, is primarily concerned with the actions taken by former President Donald Trump and his allies to tamper with the results of the 2020 election.

Although the grand jury has been deliberating for several weeks, McEntee’s appearance is the first indication of public activity in the new year since Smith, a war crimes prosecutor who had been serving abroad, returned to the country. Late last year, Smith received a special counsel appointment.

McEntee served as the director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office in addition to serving as Trump’s personal assistant. McEntee’s dual roles placed him in a number of intimate and possibly crucial meetings leading up to the election, as was made clear in a protracted and occasionally sprawling interview with the House select committee that looked into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

McEntee may be able to shed light on Trump’s thinking regarding the 2020 election as well as provide information on how Trump handled official documents while in the White House as the Justice Department intensifies its investigations.