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Mar-a-Lago employee charged in Trump classified documents case makes first court appearance

De Oliveira faces four criminal charges, but his attorney warned that his arraignment may be delayed.

Published: July 31, 2023 10:00am

Updated: July 31, 2023 12:20pm

Carlos De Oliveira, the Mar-a-Lago property manager, had his first appearance in court Monday on charges related to his alleged role in a scheme with former President Donald Trump to hide security camera footage from officials investigating Trump's handling of classified documents.

De Oliveira did not enter a plea on the four criminal charges he faces because he has not yet found a Florida-based attorney who could represent him, according to The Associated Press.

A federal magistrate judge read De Oliveira the charges he faces and ordered him to give his passport to the court and to sign an agreement stating that he will pay $100,000 if he fails to appear in court. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 10 in Fort Pierce.

Charges against De Oliveira include conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering, destroying or concealing an object, which can carry maximum prison sentences of up to 20 years.

De Oliveira was added last week to the federal indictment against Trump and his valet, Walt Nauta. The men are accused of plotting to illegally retain classified records at Trump's Florida estate and to stop the government from retrieving them.

The requirement for a Florida-based attorney had also delayed Nauta's arraignment.

Trump said Sunday that the security tapes from Mar-a-Lago were not deleted but were instead voluntarily given over to prosecutors. He pleaded not guilty to 37 charges in the case last month, but when De Oliveira was added to the indictment last week, three additional charges were brought against Trump.

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