Former Senator Claire McCaskill, who is also a former prosecutor, says that the superseding indictment against former President Donald Trump in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case presents a more severe threat to him. The inclusion of Carlos De Oliveira, a newly charged worker, provides clear evidence of Trump instructing his subordinates to obstruct justice.
During an MSNBC segment, anchor Ayman Mohyeldin mentioned that when asked about De Oliveira after the federal indictment was unsealed, someone close to Trump responded, “Who the hell is that?” McCaskill discussed whether this was an attempt to distance Trump from his aides under scrutiny or if De Oliveira’s role was genuinely obscure within the Trump world.
McCaskill argued that it was actually intentional that such an obscure person was picked for the job, and highlights Trump’s guilt.
The former senator explained that rather than consulting with higher-ups or legal counsel, Trump sought out someone he perceived as loyal to him and with access to the security tapes. This person was then instructed to delete the tapes after receiving a subpoena for them. According to McCaskill, this establishes a direct link between Trump and a conspiracy to break the law.
Now, the former property manager has come forward with credible evidence and testimony, including phone records and videotapes, showing what they were told to do, McCaskill said, emphasizing the significance of this evidence.
“They have come forward and they have provided credible evidence and testimony about what they were told, and they have the phone records. They have the videotape,” McCaskill asserted. “So this is really a big deal.”
She then underscored that the indictment laid out an incredibly powerful case against Trump.
“This would be like us having Pence testifying that Trump said, I want to steal the election. Or this would be like Mark Meadows admitting to a grand jury that, yes, Trump was trying to make up that the election was a fraud when he knew it wasn’t. This is a big deal, and if you read the indictment it is unbelievably powerful, what they have laid out in this indictment. This is a very strong case.”
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