Whats Next in the Trump Documents Case After the Indictment?
It will at once be a routine matter for a federal courthouse and an extraordinary one.
Former President Donald J. Trump is expected to appear at a federal courthouse on Tuesday afternoon in South Florida over charges related to his handling of government documents after he left office. Federal cases are arraigned every day, but this will be the first in American history against a former president.
For now, much remains uncertain about how the matter will unfold in the coming days.
The indictment itself remains sealed, and what the public knows is from people familiar with the matter, including a lawyer for Mr. Trump. But it is said to have seven charges or counts, including unauthorized retention of secret documents, obstruction, and false statements.
It is not clear, for example, whether the indictment will be unsealed before the arraignment or whether the special counsel leading the investigation, Jack Smith, will hold a news conference beforehand.