Trump, Employee Faces New Charges in Classified Documents Case

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By Steve Neavling

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced new charges against former President Trump related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving the White House. 

Trump is accused of telling the property manager at Mar-a-Lago to delete camera footage that showed unlawfully held files being moved, The New York Times reports

The property manager at Trump’s residence and private club, Carlos De Oliveira, was also named as a new defendant in the case and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. He’s accused of trying to conceal footage from investigators. 

The revised indictment against Trump includes three new charges: attempting to alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal evidence; inducing someone else to do so; and a new count under the Espionage Act after he showed a classified national security document to visitors at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

The original indictment accuses Trump of violating the Espionage Act by unlawfully possessing 31 classified documents with national defense information after he left office. 

In a statement from the Trump campaign, it called the new charges a “desperate and flailing attempt” by the Justice Department to undermine Trump when he is running for president. 

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