Three New Charges Against Trump…Take a Look at What They Are – Watch
Former President Donald Trump was charged with three more crimes in the classified documents case on Thursday, bringing the total number of charges against him to 40. The new charges include willful retention of national defense information, obstruction of justice, and false statements.
The charges stem from allegations that Trump kept classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort after leaving office, and that he tried to delete security camera footage that showed him doing so. Trump has denied the allegations, calling them “a witch hunt.”
After he was first indicted in the case, Trump claimed in media interviews that he was not holding up any documents and that it was a case of him displaying too much “bravado.”
“I would say it was bravado; if you want to know the truth, it was bravado,” Trump said. “I was talking and just holding up papers and talking about them, but I had no documents. I didn’t have any documents.”
Trump, co-defendant Walt Nauta, and newly added co-defendant Carlos De Oliveira, a maintenance worker, were all charged in connection with an alleged attempt to delete surveillance footage at the property.
Trump, Nauta, and De Oliveira “did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with each other and with others known and unknown to the grand jury, to engage in misleading conduct toward another person and corruptly persuade another person to withhold a record, document, and other object from an official proceeding, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(2)(A); to corruptly persuade another person, with intent to cause and induce any person to alter, destroy, mutilate, and conceal an object with intent to impair the object’s integrity and availability for use in an official proceeding, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(2)(8); and to corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate, and conceal a record, document, and other object from an official proceeding, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(l),” the indictment said.
The charges are the latest in a series of legal woes for Trump, who is also facing a criminal investigation in New York for his business dealings. Trump has denied any wrongdoing in both cases.
Former Trump WH lawyer Ty Cobb on the new charges against Trulp:
“The original indictment was engineered to last a thousand years and now this superseding indictment will last an antiquity.
This is such a tight case, the evidence is so overwhelming.” pic.twitter.com/QxWIV24RBW
— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) July 28, 2023