In addition to the 37 federal counts Trump is already facing, the DOJ announced it is charging Trump with one count of willful retention of national defense information based on the July 2021 Bedminster audio tape, which was already included in the original indictment. The department is also charging Trump with two new counts of obstruction for allegedly attempting to delete security footage at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, last summer around the time of the infamous Mar-a-Lago raid, where, according to the Trump family, federal agents aggressively searched Melania Trump’s wardrobe and Barron Trump’s underwear drawer.
Newly added to the indictment is Carlos De Oliveira, Trump’s property manager. The DOJ alleges De Oliveira aided the president in deleting the aforementioned surveillance footage and gave false statements to the FBI during a voluntary interview on Jan. 13 this year.