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Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos De Oliveira pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal charges related to the prosecution of former President Donald Trump over his alleged mishandling of classified documents.
De Oliveira was named a co-defendant in the classified documents case for allegedly hiding security camera footage from federal investigators. He is also accused of helping Trump aide Walt Nauta move boxes of classified material around Mar-a-Lago after the Department of Justice issued a subpoena seeking the materials.
The property manager is charged with allegedly altering, destroying, mutilating, or concealing an object; corruptly altering, destroying, mutilating or concealing a document, record or other object; conspiracy to obstruct justice; and making false statements and representations during a voluntary interview with federal investigators, according to CBS News.
De Oliveira, represented by Donald Murrell, pleaded not guilty to the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shaniek Mills Maynard.
The charges follow an investigation from special counsel Jack Smith who was tasked by Attorney General Merrick Garland to look into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents.
The property manager is accused of asking another Mar-a-Lago employee to delete “the server” at the property to get rid of security footage.
Last week, both Trump and Nauta pleaded not guilty to new federal charges in the classified documents superseding the indictment brought by Smith. Trump faces 40 criminal charges in the case, including possession at Mar-a-Lago of information regarding defense and weapons capabilities of both the United States and foreign countries and U.S. nuclear programs.
Trump has denied all wrongdoing and said the prosecution is politically motivated.
“The ridiculous and baseless indictment of me by the Biden administration’s weaponized department of injustice will go down as among the most horrific abuses of power in the history of our country,” the former president said in his first speech after the document indictment against him was announced. “Many people have said that; Democrats have even said it. This vicious persecution is a travesty of justice.”
President Joe Biden is also being investigated over alleged mishandling of classified documents, including the storage of classified documents at a Washington, D.C.-based think tank and the garage of his Delaware home.
No charges or conclusions have yet been made on the investigation by special counsel Robert Hur into the Biden document investigation.