In a new development, former US President Donald Trump has been hit with fresh charges. The allegations, made on July 28, assert that he tried to obstruct the investigation into the mishandling of top-secret documents by conspiring to erase surveillance footage at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.
Federal prosecutors announced the new indictment against Trump, who is leading the pack for the 2024 Republican presidential primary nomination. The case is slated for trial in May next year.
Trump, however, dismissed the fresh accusations as another desperate attempt by the Biden administration and the Department of Justice to harass him and those connected to him. In his statement, he referred to the prosecutor, Jack Smith, as “deranged,” alleging that Smith was fully aware of the lack of a substantial case against him.
Coincidentally, the announcement of the superseding indictment came on the same day that Trump’s legal team met with prosecutors to discuss possible charges in a separate case. This case pertains to Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
The new indictment claims that Trump acted with his co-defendant, personal aide Waltine “Walt” Nauta, and a new defendant, property manager Carlos de Oliveira, to eliminate security camera footage at Mar-a-Lago. The indictment records a conversation between de Oliveira and an unnamed fourth employee, in which de Oliveira indicates that “the boss” wished for the server to be deleted.
Last month, Trump pleaded not guilty to approximately three dozen earlier criminal counts. These allegations related to Trump purportedly refusing to return sensitive government records that he took with him when he left the White House in 2021.
This news is based on a report from Malay Mail.