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These are the charges Trump was indicted on and what they mean

Former President Donald Trump is pictured during a round of golf on May 2 in Turnberry, Scotland. On Friday, the Justice Department special counsel announced that Trump has been indicted related to the handling of classified documents.

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The federal indictment of former President Donald Trump in the classified documents probe has been unsealed.

The indictment lays out 37 federal charges against Trump, including obstruction and unlawful retention of defense information for storing dozens of classified documents at his Florida resort and refusing to return them to the FBI and the National Archives.

Also named in the indictment is Walt Nauta, a former presidential aide to Trump who remained in his employ after Trump left office. Nauta faces six charges.

Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith defended his team’s work and emphasized the seriousness of the charges.

“Our laws that protect national defense information are critical to the safety and security of the United States, and they must be enforced,” he said.

Smith also noted that the defendants “must be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” adding that the special counsel’s office will seek “a speedy trial on this matter consistent with the public interest and the rights of the accused.”


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