Co-defendants in Trump classified documents case seek dismissal of charges

by | Apr 12, 2024

On Friday, the judge presiding over the classified documents case involving President Trump will hear arguments from his co-defendants, Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, regarding motions seeking dismissal of the charges against them.

Nauta's attorneys, who represent Trump's longtime aide, will present their argument to U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, contending that the case should be dismissed due to unconstitutional vagueness.

Nauta and De Oliveira, who serves as the property manager at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, entered pleas of not guilty last August, alongside Trump, regarding obstruction charges.

These charges stem from alleged attempts to delete surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago. Prior to this, Trump had pleaded not guilty in June to 37 criminal counts associated with his handling of classified materials following his tenure at the White House.

De Oliveira also asked Judge Cannon to drop the charges against him.

Nauta faces charges of lying to the FBI in May 2022. During his interview with agents, he stated that he was unaware of boxes being brought to Trump's residence and claimed ignorance about their storage location before arriving there. A transcript of this interview was publicly released on the court's docket Friday morning.

Following recent arguments from both the defense and the special counsel, Judge Cannon is anticipated to postpone the start of the trial, which is currently scheduled for May 20 and listed on the public docket.

Source: ABC News



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