Donald Trump's legal woes continue. Department of Justice (DOJ) special prosecutor Jack Smith added three new charges Thursday in the former president's case: two for obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence and intentional withholding of classified information in the case of the documents that surfaced at Mar-a-Lago.
According to the 60-page report filed by Smith's team Thursday, Trump ordered his property manager to delete security camera footage in an attempt to prevent federal investigators from accessing it. In fact, the property manager, Carlos De Oliveira, will also have to appear in court.
The report accuses De Oliveira, along with Donald Trump and his assistant Wal Nauta. They had faced several charges on June 8, as the DOJ accused them of conspiring to hide national security documents in the former president's Palm Beach, Fla., home.
However, this is not the most important charge in the case against Donald Trump. The two obstruction of justice charges could present serious problems for the former president. If convicted, the former president could face up to 40 years in prison.
Donald Trump responds to Smith's accusation
The news came shortly after Trump's lawyers met with members of the U.S. Attorney's Office in charge of the case. At the time, Trump called the meeting "productive" on his social network, Truth Social.
Hours later, the former president learned of the charges against him. He has yet to officially address them personally. His campaign team for the 2024 presidential election, however, assured that the charges are only a "continued desperate and flailing attempt by the Biden Crime Family and their Department of Justice to harass President Trump and those around him."
“This is 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.
Deranged Jack Smith knows that they have no case and is casting about for any way to salvage… pic.twitter.com/GnD1t0h42p
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) July 27, 2023