July 28, 2023

Trump Special Counsel Adds There More Charges To Classified Records Case

Special Counsel Jack Smith announced three new charges against former President Donald Trump related to classified records found last year in his Mar-a-Lago home.

The new charges add to 37 federal counts to which Trump previously pleaded not guilty.

"Today, a superseding indictment was returned by a grand jury in the Southern District of Florida that adds one defendant and four charges to the prior indictment filed against Donald J. Trump and Waltine Nauta," the Justice Department said in a statement Thursday.

"The superseding indictment adds a new Count charging Trump with one additional count of willful retention of National Defense Information," it added.

"In addition to these extra counts being brought against Trump, a third defendant, Carlos De Oliveira, was also named by Special Counsel Jack Smith. The indictment now includes three individuals with those being Oliveira, Donald Trump, and Trump aide Walt Nauta," the DC Enquirer reported.

"Nauta and Oliveira both assisted in the moving of documents within Mar-a-Lago after the Department of Justice issued a subpoena for the documents to be returned to the National Archives in May. The 60-page indictment also alleges that Oliveira was the individual who was ordered by Trump to delete the footage," it added.

The charges add to a growing number of legal battles for the former president. Trump was recently charged $5 million after a New York jury found him guilty of sexual assault in a case involving author E. Jean Carroll from decades ago.

Trump also faces potential charges related to Jan. 6, 2021, and in a case involving alleged election interference in Georgia.

So far, the charges have not hurt his poll numbers. The former president continues to hold a large lead against his GOP contenders.

Trump is expected to plead not guilty to the new charges as well, with the trial currently set for January 2024.

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