Trump faces more charges over Mar-a-Lago secret documents case

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Washington: Donald Trump faces additional charges over his handling of classified documents and has been accused, along with an aide, of trying to delete surveillance footage at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Six weeks after he was indicted in Miami on 37 charges relating to sensitive documents taken from the White House after he left office, Trump has been hit with an additional charge of “wilful retention” of national defence information and two new obstruction charges.

The additional charges form part of a “superseding indictment” that was returned by a grand jury in Florida.

As part of the latest indictment, a third person, Mar-a-Lago maintenance worker Carlos de Oliveira, was also charged in addition to Trump and his valet Walt Nauta.

Nauta was also indicted last month for moving boxes containing classified information, while Oliveria, a maintenance worker at Mar-a-lago, was charged today with conspiracy to obstruct justice; destroying documents; false statements charge relating to a voluntary interview he gave FBI agents.

Trump’s campaign, however, continues to maintain their innocence, with a spokesman saying that the latest charges were “nothing more than a continued desperate and flailing attempt” by the Biden administration “to harass President Trump and those around him” and seek to influence the 2024 presidential race.

More to come.

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