Donald Trump, Associate Charged With 38 Criminal Counts: What The Federal Indictment Says
The federal charges against former President Donald Trump in relation to aclassified documents investigationwere unsealed Friday afternoon.
Here's what the indictment shows:
- The 45th president, along with his associate Walt Nauta, are charged in a 38-count indictment.
- 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information.
- Both individuals face a count of conspiracy to obstruct justice
- The purpose of the conspiracy was for TRUMP to keep classified documents he has taken with him from the White House and to hide and conceal them from a federal grand jury, the indictment says.
- Trump also allegedly showed classified documents on more than one occasion to others, including a 2021 meeting in Bedminster, New Jersey.
- Trump referred to a "plan of attack" against the Defense Department (audio recordings of this were first reported by CNN).
- Trump admits on the recording the documents in question were "still a secret."
- Some of the documents are said to have included details, including a map, of a military operation.
- Trump advised that someone from his political action committee "not get too close" to the documents in question.
- The classified docs were kept in various places at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, including in a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom, and a storage room."
- Some of those boxes were moved by Trump and Nauta to Mar-a-Lagos business center.
Trump insists he did nothing wrong and blasted the allegations as a "Box Hoax."