Federal grand jury indicts former US President Donald Trump in classified documents inquiry
Sunday, June 11, 2023
A federal grand jury in Miami, Florida indicted former US President Donald Trump on 37 counts on Thursday, including willfully retaining national defense secrets, conspiracy to obstruct justice, concealing a document in a federal investigation, and false statements and representations, the first federal indictment of a former US president.
Trump lawyer Jim Trusty said Trump planned to attend a Tuesday court hearing after a summons.
Trump and staffers, the indictment said, shipped hundreds of classified papers from the White House to , where he lived, in , Florida in January 2021 as his presidency ended. From May 2021, the (NARA) sought these documents. Trump employees handed over to it 197 documents with markings ranging from "CONFIDENTIAL" to "TOP SECRET" in January 2022, prompting NARA to ask the (DoJ) the next month for an inquiry.
The indictment said staffer, Trump's co-defendant in the case, in December 2021 found documents, one marked "SECRET//REL TO USA, FVEY" — indicating it should only be shared with US and other alliance members — spilled on the floor of a storage closet in Mar-a-Lago.
The indictment said Trump also stored documents at his New Jersey , and included a partial transcript of a conversation in which Trump told an interviewer, a publisher, and two aides he was sharing secret information with them he had not declassified before leaving office, something he previously claimed of all documents at Mar-a-Lago.,
The indictment accused a Trump attorney of making false statements to the FBI and DoJ last June she and her colleague were providing them all classified documents, as Trump allegedly directed Nauta to move document out of the room the second attorney searched for documents to comply with a May 2022 subpoena from the grand jury. The FBI, acting on security camera film purporting to depict Nauta moving the documents and with a warrant, searched Mar-a-Lago in August, claiming to seize 102 documents marked classified.
Special Counselfiled the charges in the Southern District of Florida District Court; US Attorney General appointed Smith to investigate the and Trump's handling of classified documents.
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