Trump’s Legal Battle Escalates: Indicted Over Classified Documents Case

Former US President Trump claims that he has been indicted, but the US Justice Department has not yet verified this.

Today, Donald Trump said that he had been charged with unlawfully holding onto confidential information. The accusations represent the most significant legal risk to date for Trump, who is now the subject of many investigations and is thinking about running for re-election in 2024.

Here are 5 facts on this big story:

  • Seven felony counts stemming from Donald Trump’s handling of top-secret materials have been brought against him by a federal grand jury. Sensitive material pertaining to national security was contained in the documents that were uncovered at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last year.
  • The twice-impeached former commander-in-chief is now the first former US president to be charged with a federal crime, with serious ramifications for his political future as he runs for re-election.
  • Over 11,000 papers were taken by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago in August, and Trump is now accused of obstructing justice by putting up a fight to get the materials back. In January 2022, he finally handed over 15 boxes containing nearly 200 top-secret documents to the National Archives.
  • I am an innocent man, Trump stated on his social media site Truth Social. The Biden government is wholly corrupt. This meddling in the election is a continuation of the biggest witch hunt ever. “Restore America to Greatness!”
  • The alleged conspiracy to pay hush money to an adult film star who claimed to have an affair with Trump, 76, is only one of several financial offenses for which Trump has been accused. The criminal trial is set to start in March 2024, right before the start of the US primary election season.

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