New charges lodged against Trump in classified documents case

 July 28, 2023

New federal charges have been filed against President Donald Trump in the classified documents case being overseen by prosecutor Jack Smith. 

A superseding indictment accuses Trump of conspiring with two of his employees to delete security camera footage.

Also, a third person is being charged in Trump's "conspiracy" to obstruct the investigation, Carlos De Oliviera, who was the manager of Mar-A-Lago.

Trump has also been charged, for the first time, for retaining an "Iran war plan" that became the focus of a media frenzy.

New charges for Trump

The original indictment mentioned an incident in which Trump displayed the "war plan" to people without authorization to view it. But puzzlingly, Trump was not initially charged over the document.

It's not clear why the charges were not brought initially - or, for that matter, why they're being brought now. Trump returned the war plan in January of 2022, before the grand jury investigation into the classified documents even began.

The indictment also claims De Oliviera conspired with Trump and another Trump employee, Walter Nauta, to delete security camera footage.

De Oliveira allegedly told a worker that "'the boss" wanted the server deleted. The footage was never actually deleted, however, as Trump noted in an interview following the latest charges.

"These were my tapes that we gave to them. ... These were security tapes. We handed them over to them. ... I'm not even sure what they're saying," Trump told radio host John Frederick.

"Election interference"

The superseding indictment was lodged just days after Trump said he expected Smith to bring charges in a separate case dealing with January 6th.

Trump was originally indicted in the documents case in June, becoming the first American president to be federally charged - by his political rival, no less. Trump - the Republican frontrunner in the 2024 presidential election - blasted the latest indictment as an escalation in an effort to derail his campaign.

"It's election interference at the highest level," Trump told Fox News Digital. "They’re harassing my company, they’re harassing my family and by far, least importantly of all, they’re harassing me."

Trump is also facing charges in New York for "hush money" payments to Stormy Daniels, and possible charges in Georgia relating to the 2020 election.

The trial over the classified documents is scheduled for May, but there is speculation the trial could be delayed now that a third defendant is involved.

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