Court hearing for Mar-a-Lago property manager in classified documents case

August 15, 2023

Carlos De Oliveira, property manager at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts related to the former President’s classified documents case.

It was the third arraignment attempt for De Oliveira before a magistrate judge in Miami. He made an initial appearance last month, after which he was released on $100,000 signature bond. 

However, he had not obtained Florida-based legal counsel ahead of that hearing, nor by a hearing last Thursday, as mandated by the federal court in Miami.

On Tuesday morning, De Oliveira appeared alongside Florida attorney Donald Murell as he stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shaniek Mills Maynard.

De Oliveira is one of three defendants indicted by Special Counsel Jack Smith into Trump’s handling of classified documents, along with the former President himself and Trump aide Walt Nauta. 

Altogether between initial and superseding indictments Trump faces 40 criminal counts in the classified documents case, including 31 counts for willful retention of national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act as well as obstruction and other charges. 

De Oliveira’s Tuesday appearance came hours after a grand jury in Georgia handed up an indictment against Trump and 18 co-defendants related to actions surrounding that state’s 2020 Presidential election. Of the total 41 criminal charges in that case, Trump faces 13.

The former President has until Friday, August 25 to surrender himself after being issued an arrest warrant by Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis. 

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