Carlos De Oliveira, Mar-a-Lago’s head of maintenance, has been named as the third defendant alongside the former president and Walt Nauta in the Trump document case.
Also, Special Counsel Jack Smith hit Trump with new charges. The additional charges for Trump are related to obstruction of justice and willful retention of national defense information.
De Oliveira was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, making false statements, and destroying documents.
According to The Guardian:
According to CNN, surveillance footage turned over to justice department officials showed Trump’s valet, Walt Nauta, and De Oliveira moving document boxes around the Florida resort, including into a storage room just before Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran searched it for classified documents.
De Oliveira spoke to investigators earlier this year and his phone had been seized, the news channel reported.
Prosecutors have pressed De Oliveira to explain his actions in June 2021, when he helped Nauta move boxes around Trump’s home, as well as in July, when he allegedly had conversations with others about security camera footage, according to the Washington Post.
“We got a statement from the spokesman for special counsel jack Smith confirming that a superseding indictment has been returned by a grand jury… charging Trump for willful retention… two new obstruction counts based on allegedly attempting to delete surveillance video” pic.twitter.com/vG1i31AERH
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 27, 2023
🚨BREAKING: Trump charged with 3 additional counts in Mar-a-Lago classified documents case
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 27, 2023