Sep 15, 2023 - Politics & Policy

"I'll testify": Trump denies asking staffer to delete Mar-a-Lago security footage

Donald Trump speaks at the Monument Leaders Rally hosted by the South Dakota Republican Party on September 08, 2023 in Rapid City, South Dakota

Donald Trump at a rally Rapid City, South Dakota on Sept. 8. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Trump denies ever asking a Mar-a-Lago staffer to delete surveillance video footage sought by investigators as a part of the classified documents probe that led to one of his federal indictments.

Driving the news: "That's false," Trump said when asked of the allegation in an interview on with NBC's "Meet the Press" that will air in full on Sunday. Asked whether he'd testify to the claim under oath, Trump said: "Sure, I'm going to — I'll testify."

  • "More importantly, the tapes weren't deleted," he added. "In other words, there was nothing done to them. And they were my tapes. I could have fought them. I didn't even have to give them the tapes, I don't think."

Catch up quick: Special Counsel Jack Smith's office filed a superseding indictment in July levying new charges against Trump and Walt Nauta in the classified documents case. Smith also charged a third defendant — Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos de Oliveira — in the case.

  • Judge Aileen Cannon scheduled Trump's classified documents trial for May 20, 2024.
  • He is facing 40 criminal counts related to obstruction of justice and his alleged efforts to retain classified information after he left the White House.

State of play: This isn't the first time the former president has pushed back against allegations in the classified documents case.

  • "These were my tapes that we gave to them," Trump said in July in response to the initial charges.

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