Mar-a-Lago Property Manager Appears in Court on Charges of Obstructing Justice

Mar-a-Carlos De Oliveira, a Lago employee who is charged with a crime in connection with the handling of secret documents by the late President Donald Trump, appeared in court for the first time on Monday.

De Oliveira, a former valet at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf club and property manager, declined to enter a plea since he has not yet hired a Florida-licensed attorney. He was instead freed on a $100,000 signature bail, which doesn’t require payment to the court upfront. The allegations against De Oliveira were read to him.

They included false statements and representations, modifying, destroying, mutilating, or hiding an object, and corruptly altering, destroying, mutilating, or concealing a document, record, or other thing.

De Oliveira Ordered to Stay in Florida, Surrender Passport

The judge ordered him to turn in his passport within the next 48 hours, and he is not permitted to leave Florida without permission. The same no-contact order that was imposed on Trump and Trump’s personal aide Walt Nauta and who has been charged as a co-conspirator in the case must also be followed by him.

In the case against Trump and Nauta, prosecutors in the office of special counsel Jack Smith last week filed a superseding indictment, adding De Oliveira as a co-defendant. According to the indictment, De Oliveira assisted Trump with box moving and requested that Mar-a-Lago security camera footage be deleted so that it could not be provided to a federal grand jury that had issued a subpoena requesting the records.

A new count of willful retention of national defense information was also added to the superseding indictment against Trump. These new counts include corruptly altering, destroying, mutilating, or concealing an object as well as willfully altering, destroying, mutilating, or concealing a document, record, or other object.

The tweet below confirms the news:

To the charges in the case, Trump and Nauta have entered a not-guilty plea. The trial date has been scheduled for May 2024 by the case’s judge, Aileen Cannon.

De Oliveira’s lawyer declined to comment on the accusations last week. Steve Cheung, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, stated when the superseding indictment was filed last week that the new counts were “nothing more than a continued desperate and flailing attempt by the Biden Crime Family and their Department of Justice to harass President Trump and those around him.”

Cheung claimed the new counts were part of a campaign to harm Trump as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination. The arraignment of De Oliveira is tentatively set for August 10 at 10 a.m. in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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