Former US President Donald Trump may soon face criminal charges over his handling of classified documents after he left office, according to several media reports. The focus of the investigation is on the transfer of files to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, with prosecutors inspecting this matter since last year. Approximately 11,000 documents were seized during a search last August, around 100 of which were marked as classified, some even deemed top secret.
Despite these developments, Trump, who is currently campaigning for the presidency again, denied in a recent interview that he was informed about any potential indictment. He stated that he was not in direct contact with the prosecutors.
Multiple sources, including CNN, ABC News, and Politico, reported that Trump was notified of the criminal investigation through a letter. While this indicates possible forthcoming charges, it doesn’t guarantee the person in question will be charged. Reports revealed that the notification originated from the office of special prosecutor Jack Smith, a former war crimes attorney who is currently examining the evidence.
An audio recording, where Trump acknowledges retaining a classified document post-presidency, was acquired by prosecutors. The precise content of the classified documents in question remains undisclosed, but retaining such material in an unauthorized location contravenes US law.
Grand juries in Miami and Washington are thought to have convened to review the evidence. Taylor Budowich, a former aide and spokesperson for Trump, was one of the individuals presenting evidence to the Miami jury. Consequently, there could be criminal charges filed in Florida.
Trump’s legal team held a meeting with Department of Justice investigators earlier this week. Leading in the polls for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential candidacy, Trump refuted any accusations of wrongdoing and branded the investigation as a “politically motivated witch-hunt.”
If indicted, this would be Trump’s second charge, following his plea of not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records related to a hush-money payment to a porn star. The trial for this case is scheduled for next year in New York.