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Special Counsel Jack Smith has charged former President Donald Trump with additional criminal counts in his investigation into Trump’s handling of classified U.S. material after leaving office.
The former president was charged with one additional count of willful retention of national defense information and two additional obstruction counts stemming from alleged attempts to delete surveillance footage at Mar-a-Lago after investigators had delivered a subpoena to Trump seeking the materials that he had in his possession.
One of the key revelations in the new superseding is that prosecutors now have in their possession the document that Trump showed to a writer and a publisher during a recorded interview in July 2021 at his golf club in Bedminster.
After he was first indicted in the case, Trump claimed in media interviews that he was not holding up any documents and that it was a case of him displaying too much “bravado.”
“I would say it was bravado; if you want to know the truth, it was bravado,” Trump said. “I was talking and just holding up papers and talking about them, but I had no documents. I didn’t have any documents.”
However, the new superseding indictment makes clear that prosecutors are now in possession of the document.
“The document that TRUMP possessed and showed on July 21, 2021, is charged as Count 32 in this Superseding Indictment,” the indictment says.
Prosecutors said that on June 3, 2022, when FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago collecting classified documents, they noticed that there were surveillance cameras near the storage room.
A few weeks later, the DOJ contacted Trump’s team and notified them that they needed the video footage from those cameras.
Trump, co-defendant Walt Nauta, and newly added co-defendant Carlos De Oliveira, a maintenance worker, were all charged in connection with an alleged attempt to delete surveillance footage at the property.
Trump, Nauta, and De Oliveira “did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with each other and with others known and unknown to the grand jury, to engage in misleading conduct toward another person and corruptly persuade another person to withhold a record, document, and other object from an official proceeding, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(2)(A); to corruptly persuade another person, with intent to cause and induce any person to alter, destroy, mutilate, and conceal an object with intent to impair the object’s integrity and availability for use in an official proceeding, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(2)(8); and to corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate, and conceal a record, document, and other object from an official proceeding, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(l),” the indictment said.
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