US media reported that federal prosecutors have informed former President Donald Trump’s agents that their client is under investigation regarding his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House, a step that paves the way for an indictment against him.
The New York Times, CNN and other media said – yesterday evening, Wednesday – that Trump’s lawyers had received this notification from the office of Attorney General Jack Smith; Which means that the investigation is close to charging the former president, who aspires to return to the White House in next year’s elections.
Trump is accused of taking with him when he left the White House in early 2021 full boxes of official documents, including defense documents classified as “top secret”, and when those in charge of the presidential archive asked him to return them for safekeeping as required by law, he refused to do so, in violation of federal laws.
The US media did not mention when the former president’s lawyers received this notification, but “CNN” said that Trump’s defense agents met officials at the Ministry of Justice last Monday.
The news network indicated that Attorney General Jack Smith – charged with independently overseeing the investigation into this case – was among the ministry officials with whom Trump’s lawyers met.
The former president was quick to comment on what was published by the media about the possibility of an accusation against him in this case, and he said – on his “Truth Social” social networking platform – “No one told me that I was accused, and I should not be because I did nothing wrong.” .
On August 8, 2022, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched Trump’s home in Florida, which the former president strongly denounced, as he said he was being subjected to political persecution to prevent him from running again for the presidency.
Trump faces investigations and accusations in several cases, in one of which a jury decision was issued in a civil court – last month – to hold him liable for damages to a former writer and journalist who accused him of raping her in the nineties of the last century.
The jury concluded that Trump did not rape the writer, but held him responsible for defaming her, and ordered him to pay her $5 million in damages.