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Trump, Co-defendants Plead Not Guilty to Additional Mar-a-Lago Charges

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On Thursday, former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty via his attorneys in a second court appearance after Justice Department lawyers brought additional charges in the Mar-a-Lago case.

The arraignment follows a superseding indictment in the case that named Trump as a central figure in an attempt to delete surveillance footage captured at Mar-a-Lago.

According to reports from The Hill, Trump’s co-defendant in the case Walt Nauta, Trump’s valet, pleaded not guilty. Another co-defendant, Carlos De Oliveira, a property manager at Mar-a-Lago, entered no plea as he has not yet secured a Florida-based attorney.

The indictment notes a lengthy call between Trump and De Oliveira shortly after the Justice Department indicated its interest in the security tapes. The indictment also prompted another Espionage Act charge.

De Oliveira then allegedly set about determining how long security footage was stored on the Mar-a-Lago system. It says he later told another Mar-a-Lago employee that “‘the boss’ wanted the server deleted.”

The indictment also described De Oliveira and Nauta organizing their plans secretly, apparently walking among the bushes around the IT office where the security footage was managed.

At another point, De Oliveira and Nauta “walked with a flashlight through the tunnel where the storage room was located, and observed and pointed out security cameras.



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