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Trump charged with additional charges in Mar-a-Lago documents case : NPR

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A grand jury in the Southern District of Florida has charged former President Donald Trump with a new count of willfully withholding national defense information in the case related to his handling of classified documents. The new charge stems from a top-secret presentation Trump gave to aides at his Bedminster, NJ, compound.

A new defendant has also been added to the indictment against Trump and his aide Walt Nauta. Carlos de Oliveira, 56, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was added to the obstruction plot charged in the original indictment.

The superseding indictment charges Trump, De Oliveira and Nauta with two new obstruction charges based on allegations that they asked an anonymous fourth worker to delete surveillance video footage at the residence of Trump at Mar-a-Lago last summer “to prevent the footage from being provided to a federal grand jury.”

The indictment charged De Oliveira with making false statements and statements made during an interview with the FBI on January 13, 2023. He is scheduled to appear in a federal courthouse in Miami on July 31. His attorney John Irving declined to comment.

Trump faces more than three dozen counts, including more than 30 violations of the Espionage Act, for alleged withholding of documents related to national security. He is also charged, along with Nauta, with making false statements and conspiring to obstruct justice. The trial is scheduled for May 20, 2024. This timeline places the trial at the end of the Republican presidential primary process. Trump is currently the frontrunner for the GOP nomination and may have already become the nominee by then.

“This is nothing more than a continued desperate and agitated attempt by the Biden Crime Family and their Department of Justice to harass President Trump and those around him,” the Trump campaign said in a written statement. following new charges.

The White House has consistently denied any involvement or coordination in Trump’s special counsel investigations. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith last winter to underscore the independence of the investigation.

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