Mar-A-Lago property manager's arraignment delayed

August 11, 2023
Matthew Boose

The arraignment for one of the alleged "co-conspirators" in Donald Trump's classified documents case has been delayed.

The defendant, Mar-A-Lago property manager Carlos De Oliveira, is accused of participating in a "conspiracy" to delete surveillance footage.

He attended a hearing in Florida Thursday but was not charged because he doesn't have a local attorney to represent him yet. His arraignment was postponed until next Tuesday.

Arraignment delayed

De Oliveira previously appeared in court in July and was released after paying $100,00 bond.

He was added to the case in a superseding indictment last month that accused Trump, De Oliveira and another Trump employee, Walter Nauta, of conspiring to delete surveillance tape.

The indictment says De Oliveira told an employee that "the boss" wanted video deleted. But the footage was ultimately turned over to the feds, who used it to execute a search warrant for the infamous raid of Mar-A-Lago last year.

"Mar-a-Lago security tapes were not deleted," Trump wrote on TRUTH Social last month.

"Same as the Russia, Russia, Russia HOAX. They knowingly accuse you of a fake crime, a crime that they actually make up, you fight these false charges hard, and they try and get you on ‘obstruction.’ We are dealing with sick and evil people!

Trump pleads

Trump was initially charged in June along with Nauta for "obstructing" the probe by moving boxes of documents out of a room where Trump's lawyer, who was then responding to a subpoena on Trump's behalf, expected to find them.

De Oliveira and Nauta are also accused of lying to investigators about their alleged roles in moving Trump's boxes.

The new charges against Trump also include a count for unlawfully retaining a classified document that Trump actually returned in January of 2022 - before the federal investigation even began.

Nauta pled not guilty to the new charges Thursday and a lawyer for Trump did the same.

Prosecutorial overkill

Jack Smith, who is overseeing the classified documents case, is also pursuing charges against Trump for "lying" about and trying to "overturn" the 2020 election. Trump is also facing charges in New York for "hush money" and a likely fourth indictment in Georgia.

All told, 77-year-old Trump is facing over 600 years in prison.

Trump has accused Smith and his fellow Democrats of interfering in the 2024 election, in which Trump is the Republican frontrunner, with an unprecedented "witch hunt."

As if to prove Trump correct, the judge overseeing the election case, Tanya Chutkan, said Trump's right to speak is "not absolute" despite his status as a leading presidential candidate.

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