Advertisement

Trump property manager pleads not guilty in classified documents case

Carlos De Oliveira, the property manager for former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, issued a not-guilty plea on Tuesday for charges stemming from special counsel Jack Smith's probe into the mishandling of classified documents. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
1 of 2 | Carlos De Oliveira, the property manager for former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, issued a not-guilty plea on Tuesday for charges stemming from special counsel Jack Smith's probe into the mishandling of classified documents. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Former President Donald Trump's property manager at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Carlos De Oliveira, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he mishandled government documents.

Local Florida defense lawyer Larry Donald Murrell Jr., issued the plea on De Oliveira's behalf before Magistrate Judge Shaniek Mills Maynard.

Advertisement

Two earlier arraignment proceedings for De Olievera had been delayed as he had failed to secure a Florida attorney as required by the district.

The judge on Tuesday said he was "all squared away in terms of permanent counsel" as he will be represented by Murrell and his Washington-based attorney John Iving.

She also called on government prosecutors to disclose discovery in the case.

De Oliveira faces four charges, alongside Trump himself and assistant Walt Nauta, for mishandling government documents. De Oliveira allegedly tried to delete security footage at Mar-a-Lago that investigators wanted.

He appeared alongside Nauta in court last week as Nauta entered his not guilty plea. Trump had pleaded not guilty to the charges in June.

According to an indictment, De Oliveira told the resort's director of information technology that "the boss," an alleged reference to Trump, wanted servers holding the security footage deleted.

Advertisement

In August 2022, more than 100 secret papers were seized from Trump's resort in Palm Beach, Fla., after numerous boxes of documents were taken from the White House during Trump's final days in office.

Federal prosecutors allege Nauta helped Trump hide boxes containing classified information from investigators who wanted them returned to Washington after Trump disregarded a May 2022 subpoena.

De Oliveira was referenced, but not named, in the original indictment as one of the "others" who loaded boxes of the documents onto a plane that flew Trump and his family north for the summer.

Trump, as with the growing litany of federal criminal charges, continues to deny any wrongdoing in the case, saying he had the power as president to "automatically" declassify top secret papers.

Trump's legal woes mounted late Monday after Georgia prosecutors filed charges against him and more than a dozen other defendants for conspiring to "unlawfully change the outcome" of the 2020 election.

Latest Headlines