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Trump indicted in Mar-a-Lago classified documents investigation

By Devlin Barrett

09 Jun 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. Donald Trump has become the first ever former U.S. president to face federal criminal charges. According to the Washington Post, it’s a seismic event in the nation’s political and legal history.

Former president Donald Trump said Thursday night that he's been charged by the Justice Department in connection with the discovery that hundreds of classified documents were taken to his Mar-a-Lago home after he left the White House - a seismic event in the nation's political and legal history.

A seven-count indictment has been filed in federal court naming the former president as a criminal defendant, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a case that has yet to be unsealed. The charges include willful retention of national defense secrets, obstruction of justice and conspiracy, which carry the potential of years in prison if Trump is found guilty.

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