Carlos De Oliveira is accused of helping Donald Trump hide documents and block the government from retrieving them. The case is one of several the current GOP front-runner faces before the 2024 presidential election.
Carlos De Oliveira, the property manager at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, made his first appearance in federal court Monday for charges related to the classified documents case against the Republican politician.
De Oliveira, who has not found a Florida-based attorney to represent him, did not enter a plea.
He was added to the indictment against Trump and valet Walt Nauta last week in what is known as a superseding indictment, indicating that the government's case against Trump is widening.
De Oliveira's appearance is tied to one of several federal cases against Trump, this one accusing him of plotting to illegally retain top-secret classified documents at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, as well as to block government efforts to retrieve them. In the documents case alone, the former president faces 37 criminal counts.
US Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres read De Oliveira the charges against him, and ordered him to hand over his passport, not speak to the other defendants in the case, and sign an agreement to pay $100,000 should he fail to appear in court for his arraignment, which is scheduled for August 10.
De Oliveira faces charges including conspiracy to obstruct justice and lying to investigators.
Trump has already appeared before a Miami magistrate judge, pleading not guilty in the case brought by Department of Justice-appointed special counsel Jack Smith.