Donald Trump and his close aide, Walt Nauta, have entered a plea of not guilty regarding recent allegations in a federal classified documents case.
The latest charges claim that the two, along with a third aide, conspired to hide surveillance footage at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort from the FBI.
Already facing previous charges, the former president and Nauta are now dealing with this additional legal battle. As Trump pursues his third White House bid, he is simultaneously confronted with multiple legal challenges.
Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing the case, also leads a separate indictment against Trump for alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. The election case is scheduled for trial on January 2, 2024.
In the case of this ongoing document, Trump and Nauta are accused of retaining confidential files and obstructing the investigation.
The indictment outlines efforts, allegedly at Trump’s request, to delete security footage tied to the storage area where documents were held. These new allegations add to Trump’s existing charges, bringing the total to 40.
While Trump’s attorney entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf, Nauta faces additional charges of obstruction. Carlos de Oliveira, Mar-a-Lago’s property manager, is also implicated and charged with various counts, including conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The legal battles continue to mount for Trump, who faces separate cases related to hush-money allegations, defamation, and alleged election interference.
Despite these challenges, he remains a prominent figure within the Republican party and maintains his position as the frontrunner for the upcoming presidential nomination.