Consult the list of charges against Donald Trump in the case of classified documents
The Department of Justice published federal indictment against former President Donald Trumpwith 37 counts related to mishandling of classified documents, obstruction of justice and making false statements.
According to the official document, Trump retained hundreds of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago home, which included information about United States defense and weapons capability and foreign countries; he nuclear program from US; the potential vulnerabilities of the country he ruled and its allies to military attacks, as well as plans to possible actions before a foreign attack.
“At 12:00 p.m. on January 20, 2021, Trump ceased to be president. When he was leaving the White House, ordered numerous boxes of classified documents to be taken toward his residence at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump was not authorized to take them"says the prosecution.
The documents would have been kept in the dance club of the residence, as well as in a bathrooma shower, a wine cellar, Trump's office and his own bedroom. While the files were in boxes inside Mar-a-Lago, this place hosted multiple social events for tens of thousands of people, the prosecution says.
Likewise, the United States grand jury points to Donald Trump as have twice shown these documents to unauthorized persons
The first would have occurred in July 2021 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. There Trump met with a writer, an editor and two members of his team. To all of them, the former Republican president taught them a "plan of attack" prepared for him by the Department of Defense and a military agent.
"As president, I could have declassified, but now I can't“Trump told them, according to the text of the indictment.
The second time Trump showed the classified documents to another person, it reportedly happened during August or September 2022 at the same location. According to the accusation, the former president taught a representative of his political action committee a map of military operations.
obstruction of justice
Grand jury indicts Donald Trump for trying to obstruct FBI investigation― started on March 30, 2022― by hiding the existence of classified documents when the justice authorities asked him to return them.
It also points to Waltine Nauta, a Trump aide, of move the documents to hide them from the former president's lawyers, the FBI and the grand jury. Nauta also faces federal charges for his likely complicity.
“On January 17, nearly a year after Trump left office and months after the National Archives and Records Administration petitioned Trump to return the documents, Trump only returned 15 boxes with 197 documents marked as classified", says the prosecution.
Subsequently, on June 3, the former president's lawyer returned another 38 documents, however, there were still dozens more in Mar-a-Lago. It was not until August 8, after the search of the residence, that the FBI recovered 102 more files from Trump's office and a warehouse.
The prosecution points out that the classified documents belong to the following agencies:
-Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
-National security agency
-National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
-National Recognition Office
-Department of Energy
-Department of State and its Bureau of Intelligence and Investigation.
The indictment also reproduces text messages in which two Donald Trump employees discuss the possibility of moving the bulky boxes full of classified documents. After these messages, in April 2021, the documents from the Mar-a-Lago business center were transferred to an on-site bathroom and shower.
Months later, on December 7, 2021, Nauta found several of the fallen boxes and their documents scattered on the ground; many of which were marked “SECRET/REL TO USA, FVEY”, which means that your information could only be seen by the intelligence alliance "The Five Eyes" consisting of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The accusation document shows one of the photographs that Nauta sent to a Trump employee about this fact. "I opened the door and this is what I found"Walt told the clerk via message, before attaching two images of the boxes and documents on the floor.
Subsequently, on June 3, 2022, Nauta and Trump employees they loaded a plane with classified documents. The magnate and his family flew north in the aircraft that day.
In July 2022, the FBI and the grand jury obtained surveillance video from Mar-a-Lago with which They found that classified files were being moved while federal investigations were ongoing. These moves would be aimed at hiding the documents from Trump's lawyers. Thus they could not return them in full to US authorities during subpoenas.
The accusation against Donald Trump also recalls how on August 18, 2016, the then candidate assured that during his administration he would enforce all laws on the protection of classified documents. “No one will be above the law,” he said at the time.
The full document can be found here:
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