What are the criminal charges against Donald Trump in documents case?

2023-06-09 03:19:47  • 4 mins

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Former US President Donald Trump is facing criminal charges over his handling of classified documents after he left the White House.

It is the second indictment of Mr Trump and the first-ever federal indictment of a former president.

The details of the charges related to files found at his Mar-a-Lago home in August 2022 have not been released.

But Mr Trump's attorney, Jim Trusty, confirmed seven counts, including an espionage charge, several obstruction charges and false statement charges. He described them as "ludicrous".

We will find out more when Mr Trump appears in a Miami court on Tuesday, but here is what we know so far.

He will be charged under the Espionage Act

Mr Trump is expected to be charged with wilful retention of national defence information, according to US media reports.

While espionage has sinister connotations of spying and skulduggery, it is the kind of charge that has also been used in the past to prosecute individuals who have been criminally careless with important government documents.

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