The Prosecutor’s Office has indicted Donald Trump for allegedly compromising national security by taking numerous confidential documents when he left the White House in January 2021. These documents include plans that include military and nuclear programs, and he is accused of conspiring with two of his collaborators, Waltine Nauta and Carlos de Oliveira, to hide said papers from the investigators who were requesting them.
In connection with these charges, the administrator of the Trump estate in Palm Beach, Carlos de Oliveira, appeared before a federal court in Fort Pierce, located about 200 kilometers north of Miami. According to the Prosecutor’s accusation, De Oliveira would have collaborated with Trump and Nauta in the elimination of images captured by a security camera that contained relevant information for the ongoing investigations.
The three individuals have been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and tampering with evidence. In addition, Nauta and De Oliveira face additional charges of perjury for having provided false testimony to police that they were unaware of the existence of the documents stored by Trump at his Florida residence.
Both the former president and Nauta have pleaded not guilty to the charges in this case, while De Oliveira has not yet been able to do so due to the lack of a local lawyer.
The trial is scheduled to begin in May 2024, coinciding with the presidential campaign in the United States. Despite the legal problems he faces, Trump remains the favorite to lead the Republican Party in the elections, with a considerable lead in the polls over his main rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The former president is under the shadow of four accusations this year. Added to the charges in Florida are two indictments for allegedly interfering in the results of the elections that he lost in 2020 against Joe Biden and another linked to a payment to an adult film actress in order to keep an alleged infidelity secret.