We were all on Indictment Watch but looking in the wrong direction. On Thursday, Special Counsel Jack Smith brought additional charges against twice-indicted (soon to be thrice-indicted) former President Donald Trump alleging that he mishandled classified documents from his time in the White House.
And there is a new person facing charges. Carlos De Oliveira, Trump’s head of maintenance, who you might remember because he reportedly drained the pool at Mar-a-Lago in October and, in the process, flooding the room where surveillance footage is kept. I’m sure that was just a coinkydink, though.
Trump, who is already facing 37 criminal charges, was charged with one additional count of willful retention of national defense information and two additional obstruction counts, related to alleged attempts to delete surveillance video footage at his Mar-a-Lago resort in summer 2022.
Trump was charged with willfully retaining a top-secret document about possible Iran attack plans, which he discussed with biographers during a taped meeting at Bedminster, New Jersey, in July 2021, according to the indictment.
The indictment says the document was a “presentation concerning military activity in a foreign country” and that Trump “showed” it to the biographers during the meeting.