Read the federal indictment of Donald J. Trump
Trump is the first ex-president in U.S. history to face a federal indictment from the government he once oversaw.
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Donald Trump is being arraigned Tuesday in Miami as the nation’s 45th president is being accused of intentionally retaining hundreds of classified documents that he took with him from the White House to Mar-a-Lago after leaving the presidency in January 2021.
The material he stored, including in a bathroom, ballroom, bedroom and shower, included material on nuclear programs, defense and weapons capabilities of the U.S. and foreign governments and a Pentagon “attack plan,” the indictment says. The information, if exposed, could have put at risk members of the military, confidential human sources and intelligence collection methods, prosecutors said.
Trump is the first ex-president in U.S. history to face a federal indictment from the government he once oversaw. He faces the possibility of prison if convicted.
Read the indictment below:
The 37-count indictment paints a damning portrait of Trump’s treatment of sensitive information, accusing him of willfully defying Justice Department demands to return documents he had taken from the White House to Mar-a-Lago and even enlisting aides in his efforts to hide the records and even telling his lawyers that we wanted to defy a subpoena for the materials stored in his estate.
Trump’s indictment adds to his list of firsts in American politics:
- First president to be impeached in the 21st century
- First president to be impeached twice in U.S. history, as well as the first to be acquitted twice;
- First president in the 21st century to be defeated in a re-election bid;
- First Republican president since George H.W. Bush in 1992 to be defeated in a re-election bid;
- First modern ex-president to lose a re-election bid and then launch a third bid.
- First ex-president in history to face criminal charges.
- First ex-president in history to face criminal charges while running a White House campaign.
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