Trump hit with 3 additional charges in classified docs indictment

 July 29, 2023

President Joe Biden's Justice Department, under Special Counsel Jack Smith, announced a new round of federal charges against former President Donald Trump.

According to Breitbart, Smith added three additional charges to the ongoing case.

Trump’s valet, Walt Nauta, was also hit with additional charges for his alleged role in moving some of the classified documents involved in the investigation.

Carlos De Oliveira, Mar-a-Lago’s head of maintenance, was charged "with altering, destroying, mutilating, or concealing a document, making false statements, and conspiracy to obstruct justice."

What's happening?

With the new charges, Trump now faces a total of 40 federal charges in the classified documents case.

For his part, Trump has not only maintained that he's innocent of all charges, but he also firmly believes that the federal indictment is a weaponization of the Justice Department in an effort to take down Biden's most formidable threat in the 2024 election.

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump, slammed the DOJ for its "continued desperate and flailing attempt by the Biden Crime Family and their Department of Justice to harass President Trump and those around him."

"Deranged Jack Smith knows that they have no case and is casting about for any way to salvage their illegal witch hunt and to get someone other than Donald Trump to run against Crooked Joe Biden," he added.

The new charges against Nauta weren't surprising, but the announcement of de Oliveira's charges, becoming the third defendant, was unexpected.

CNBC noted:

De Oliveira allegedly told another Mar-a-Lago employee that “the boss” wanted to delete a server containing surveillance footage showing how Trump’s boxes had been moved around at the club, according to the superseding indictment.

What happens next?

So far, Trump and Oliveira have pleaded not guilty to the charges they face. A lawyer for Oliveira declined to comment on the new charges.

A trial for the case has been set for May 2024, which comes only months before the 2024 election and well into the election campaign efforts of Trump's team.

The former president could face yet another state-level indictment out of Georgia later this year. Only time will tell if the indictments and legal worries impact his campaign. So far, they have not.

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