In the investigation case opened by the US judiciary last year, after hundreds of confidential documents were found in the home of former President Donald Trump, inside his residence in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Trump announced Thursday that he had been formally charged and his lawyer had been informed of the accusation.
He said in a post on his private network (Truth Social), “The Biden administration informed my lawyer that I was accused, apparently because of the document hoax, even though Joe Biden has 1,850 funds at the University of Delaware, and additional funds in Chinatown in the capital.” , and more boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, other than documents strewn all over the garage where he parks his Corvette.”
“I was summoned to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday,” he added, describing his indictment as a black day in the history of the United States.
While local media reported, 7 charges were brought against the former US president, including keeping confidential documents and obstructing the course of justice.
Trump is accused of having taken with him when he left the White House in early 2021 entire boxes of official documents, including defense documents classified as “top secret” and that he had refused to return them for safekeeping as required by law when archive officials asked him to do so, in violation of federal laws.
Another law relating to spying on a person prohibits keeping secret documents in unauthorized and unsecured places.
However, upon leaving the presidency to settle in his lavish home in Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump moved boxes full of files.
In January 2022, after several memorandums, he agreed to return 15 boxes containing more than two hundred confidential documents. His lawyers confirmed in a letter afterwards that there were no other papers.
After examining what she received, the federal police assessed that Trump had not returned everything and that he still kept many documents at his club in Palm Beach.
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Iran and China
FBI agents went to the place on the eighth of August and confiscated about thirty other boxes that contained 11,000 documents, some of which were very sensitive about Iran or China.
Trump previously defended his retention of the documents, indicating that he had declassified them when he was president. But he did not provide evidence for this and his lawyers refused to present this argument in court documents.
The first American president to face criminal charges
This is the second time that charges have been brought against Trump, who has become the first former president in US history to face criminal charges.
In April, he pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal charges of falsifying business records in connection with money paid to a porn actress to buy her silence ahead of the 2016 election.
Special Counsel Smith is also leading a second criminal investigation into attempts by Trump and his supporters to overturn his loss in the 2020 election to Democratic President Joe Biden.
The former president says he is the victim of a politically motivated prosecution.
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