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New Charges Added To Federal Obstruction of Justice & Document Retention Case

On July 27, Donald Trump was indicted on 3 additional charges in the federal criminal case wherein he is alleged to have improperly taken highly sensitive government documents, ignored a court order to return them, obstructed efforts to investigate, and then lied about it.

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The 3 additional charges contain further factual background indicating Trump obstructed federal investigators’ efforts to recover documents containing national security secrets from his Mar-a-Lago estate. This includes allegations that a new co-defendant, Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos De Oliveira, assisted Trump in trying to delete security footage of people moving such materials around the premises in the midst of a federal investigation.


Donald Trump is now indicted on 40 federal criminal charges in this matter. In a separate case in New York state court, he has been charged with 34 counts for falsifying business records.


Additional indictments may be forthcoming in another federal case regarding interference in the 2020 presidential election, and from a Georgia grand jury regarding attempts from Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in that state.




New Criminal Defendant Added to Indictment


As of July 27, Carlos De Oliveira, the property manager of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, was also charged as a co-defendant in the federal criminal indictment against Trump in Florida.


De Oliveira is alleged to have instructed other Mar-a-Lago employees with access to security camera footage that “the boss” (Trump) “wanted the server” of video footage showing people moving certain highly confidential documents around the property in the midst of a federal investigation “deleted.” According to the indictment, he asked for this footage to be deleted just days after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a subpoena to Trump’s lawyers requiring the production of such surveillance records.


De Oliveira is also alleged to have assisted in moving these boxes of highly confidential documents around the property while the federal investigation was ongoing.


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