Former President Trump Faces Additional Charges: An In-depth Review of the Classified Documents Case and the Way Forward

by Ethan Kim
Trump's Indictment

Newly indicted former President Donald Trump is now facing three more charges in a case accusing him of illicit possession of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate. These new charges shed more light on the criminal case initially launched last month.

This article delves into the charges, the special counsel’s examination, and the distinctions between Trump’s case and those involving other politicians who have been implicated in the possession of classified documents:


Three new charges have been laid against Trump, and a fresh defendant has been added to the case. Carlos De Oliveira, the Mar-a-Lago property manager, is accused of erasing security camera footage from the Florida property to hinder the federal probe into Trump’s alleged possession of classified documents.

The prosecution claims that De Oliveira conspired with Trump and his valet, Walt Nauta, to hide the footage from the investigators.

The third charge accuses Trump of intentionally holding onto national defense information relating to a military activity presentation in a foreign country.


It’s alleged that Trump showed a classified document at a July 2021 meeting in his Bedminster, New Jersey, resort to the writer and publisher of a memoir authored by his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows. This document and meeting information were included in the initial indictment, but this is the first time any charges have been directly connected to them.

Trump handed over the document to the government on January 17, 2022, almost a year after he left office, as per the indictment.

Trump was previously indicted on 37 counts related to the mishandling of classified documents, including charges of retaining classified information, obstruction of justice, and providing false statements among other offenses.

After leaving the office in 2021, Trump is alleged to have shown a map detailing a military operation in a foreign nation to someone from his political action committee. Additionally, he allegedly presented a military plan of attack to a writer, a publisher, and two staff members, none of whom had the necessary security clearances.


The Trump campaign has dismissed the fresh charges as a desperate attempt by the Biden administration to target Trump and his associates, and influence the 2024 presidential race. Trump also referred to the indictment as “harassment” in a recent interview with Breitbart News, maintaining his stance that his actions are protected by the Presidential Records Act.


De Oliveira is expected to appear in a Florida court on Monday.

Both Trump and Nauta have pleaded not guilty to the initial 38-count indictment. Their trial is scheduled for May 20, 2024, which is likely to be well after the Republican nominee for president has been selected. It’s uncertain whether the introduction of a new defendant could result in a delay.


In Spring 2021, the National Archives and Records Administration contacted Trump’s representatives when they discovered that vital documents from his presidency were missing. The Presidential Records Act states that White House documents are U.S. government property and must be preserved.

In May 2021, the FBI and Justice Department issued a subpoena for the remaining classified documents in Trump’s possession. However, the assertion that all requested documents had been returned turned out to be incorrect. Federal officials found over 33 boxes and containers totaling 11,000 documents, including 100 classified documents, at Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.


Attorney General Merrick Garland selected veteran war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith to lead investigations into the presence of classified documents at Trump’s Florida estate last year.


Although classified documents were discovered at Biden’s think tank and Pence’s Indiana home, their situations differ greatly from Trump’s. Both Biden and Pence quickly arranged for the documents to be handed over after their lawyers notified authorities. There’s no indication that either of them were aware of these records before they were found.


An indictment or conviction does not legally bar Trump from running for or winning the presidency in 2024. As shown in his previous indictment in a New York hush-money case, criminal charges have historically boosted his fundraising efforts. Following that indictment, his campaign announced that it had raised over $4 million within 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Trump’s Indictment

What are the new charges against Donald Trump?

Donald Trump faces three additional charges concerning the illegal possession of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate. One charge includes an alleged scheme with Carlos De Oliveira, the property manager, and his valet, Walt Nauta, to delete surveillance footage in an attempt to obstruct federal investigations. The third count accuses Trump of intentionally retaining national defense information.

How is Trump reacting to the new charges?

Trump dismissed the new charges as a desperate attempt by the Biden administration to harass him and his associates. In an interview with Breitbart News, he referred to the charges as “harassment” and insisted that his activities were protected by the Presidential Records Act.

What happens next in the case?

Carlos De Oliveira is due in court, and both Trump and Nauta, who pleaded not guilty to the original indictment, are scheduled for trial on May 20, 2024. However, the addition of a new defendant could potentially lead to a postponement.

How did this case come about?

The case began when the National Archives and Records Administration noticed missing documents from Trump’s time in office in spring 2021. An inspection of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate led to the discovery of multiple boxes of classified material. Further investigations led to the indictment.

How did a special counsel get involved?

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith, a seasoned war crimes prosecutor, to lead the investigation into the presence of classified documents at Trump’s Florida estate. The appointment of a special counsel is common in situations where the Justice Department perceives a conflict or where public interest necessitates an external party to handle the case.

Can Trump run for President despite the indictment?

Yes, neither the indictment nor a conviction would prevent Trump from running for or winning the presidency in 2024.

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ConservativeJoe July 31, 2023 - 5:54 am

This is just another witch hunt. they tried to impeach him twice and failed. Now they’re at it again!

SamanthaP July 31, 2023 - 7:06 am

Another day, another Trump scandal! Not at all surprised, TBH.

DerekFromNJ July 31, 2023 - 7:11 am

I’m no legal expert, but isn’t the Presidential Records Act there for a reason? if he broke the law, shouldnt he face consequences?

LibertyBelle89 July 31, 2023 - 8:55 am

smh… Seems like the Democrats just cant leave Trump alone, always trying to dig up dirt.

SteveB22 July 31, 2023 - 9:09 am

wow this is big news! If true, Trump could be in some serious trouble. but will it effect 2024 election?


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