WASHINGTON – Former President Trump has pleaded not guilt and waived notice of his appearance at a scheduled arraignment in Florida next week after being charged in a newly indicted over his alleged mishandling classified documents after he left the White House.
Trump will be arraigned Thursday for the third and final time after federal prosecutors charged the former president, along with two co-defendants, of conspiring to obstruct the efforts of investigators to retrieve the top secret documents he had in his possession. He is also charged with willfully keeping national defense information.
In a Friday court filing, Trump waived his presence.
Trump and Walt Nauta (his personal assistant) can waive their appearance in front of U.S. district judge Aileen Cannon, because they’ve already been charged with the original charges.
Carlos De Oliveira will have to be present at the hearing. He is the Mar-a-Lago manager who was charged with Trump and Nauta. The longtime Trump worker appeared before a Miami judge for the first hearing in this case but was unable to enter a guilty plea as he hadn’t yet hired local counsel.
The superseding indictment, filed in the Southern District of Florida charges the three co-defendants of obstruction for their alleged efforts to delete surveillance footage from Trump’s Palm Beach Club. De Oliveira has also been charged with false statements.
Nauta’s appearance at the Fort Pierce hearing on Thursday is still unknown. He was present at a hearing held last month, when the defense sought to delay the trial.
Trump was charged with a separate offense in Washington, D.C., this week. He is accused of trying to subvert the 2020 elections. He has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not-guilty.