Former U.S. President Donald Trump was charged Friday with mishandling classified government documents. According to the report, Trump was charged with various counts, including deliberately concealing classified documents, contempt of court and providing a false affidavit. It was reported this evening that the indictment includes no less than 37 counts.
The document was released after the former president was tried by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Miami. Among the allegations is that Trump disclosed classified documents to various people in the summer of 2021 — after leaving office.
Trump supporters at a show of support in front of his New York offices amid his expected arrest // Photo: Reuters
According to the indictment, one of those classified documents was an attack plan that he said was prepared by the Pentagon, while another document was a classified map related to a military operation. One of Trump's employees, Walter Nauta, is also facing some of the charges, as is his boss. Nauta is also charged with misrepresentation.
The mogul and former president is expected to stand trial in Miami on Tuesday, a day before his 77th birthday. If convicted on the most serious charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and counts related to the concealment and disappearance of government records, Trump and Nauta face up to 20 years in prison.
Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, USA, photo: AP
FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump's vacation home, last August. At the time, the former president noted, "The raid was unannounced, and they even broke into my safe."
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