Former President Donald Trump has been indicted in a 38-count indictment unsealed amid a federal investigation into his handling of classified documents.
On Friday afternoon, prosecutors unsealed the indictment against Trump and his associate Walt Nauta. It includes 38 offenses as well as 31 separate cases of willful withholding of national defense information under the Espionage Act.
The charges include conspiracy to obstruct justice and concealment, according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, Trump stored the boxes of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence, including in a bathroom, shower, ballroom, his office and bedroom. His lawyers had told investigators that they were only being held in a storage room.
The indictment says Trump also told his attorneys, “Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?” Well look, isn’t it better if there are no documents?
According to the indictment, Trump also told his lawyers, “Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?” He added, “Look, isn’t it better if there are no documents?”
According to his spokesman, a federal judge in Florida unsealed the 49-page indictment at the request of Special Counsel Jack Smith. Smith is scheduled to comment on the case at 3 p.m. in his Washington, DC office.
The indictment states that Trump referred to the classified documents as his “papers.”
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