Former President Donald Trump and his aide, Walt Nauta, have both pleaded not guilty to new charges related to classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago.
This marks the second time within a week that Trump has denied allegations brought by federal prosecutors, while maintaining his position as the leading contender for the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Shaniek Mills Maynard accepted Trump’s plea, which was submitted through court papers.
Trump had waived his right to appear in person for the hearing.
Nauta, along with Carlos De Oliveira, the property manager of Mar-a-Lago, were present for the hearing as well.
Nauta also pleaded not guilty to the superseding indictment.
De Oliveira, however, was unable to enter a plea due to his lack of a Florida-based attorney, which is a requirement under local court rules.
His arraignment has been rescheduled for August 15.
The new indictment alleges that De Oliveira and Nauta conspired with Trump to delete surveillance video from Mar-a-Lago, which was being sought by investigators.
The charges they face include conspiracy to obstruct justice, stemming from the discovery of secret government documents at Trump’s Palm Beach club after he left the White House in 2021.
Despite these legal challenges, Trump has pleaded not guilty in multiple cases this year, maintaining his innocence and characterizing the charges as politically motivated.
He is determined to regain the White House in 2024, even as legal proceedings continue.