REPORT: Five major revelations from Trump’s federal indictment

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The Justice Department on Friday unveiled a 37-count indictment against former President Trump over his handling of classified materials after leaving the White House, offering up an expansive look at the evidence prosecutors collected.

The 49-page document provides significant insight into the nature of the classified documents Trump had kept since leaving the White House in January 2021, allegations about Trump’s moves to obstruct attempts to retrieve the documents and details about instances where Trump is said to have openly shared sensitive government secrets.

Here are five of the biggest revelations from the indictment:

Trump had documents with nuclear and military secrets
“The classified documents Trump stored in his boxes included information regarding defense and weapons capabilities of both the United States and foreign countries; United States nuclear programs; potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack; and plans for possible retaliation in response to a foreign attack,” the filing states.

“The unauthorized disclosure of these classified documents could put at risk the national security of the United States, foreign relations, the safety of the United States military, and human sources and the continued viability of sensitive intelligence collection methods,” it continues.

Trump wanted lawyers to help cover up
Trump is accused of pressuring his lawyers to withhold documents from the government, based on notes obtained from former Trump attorney Evan Corcoran. the indictment says that in one instance, Trump made a “plucking” motion indicating Corcoran should remove items the lawyer was preparing to turn over in response to the subpoena.

“He made a funny motion as though — well okay why don’t you take them with you to your hotel room and if there’s anything really bad in there, like, you know, pluck it out. And that was the motion he made. He didn’t say that,” Corcoran wrote.

Trump showed sensitive documents to others at least twice
In July 2021, Trump is accused of showing and describing a “plan of attack” prepared for him by Pentagon officials. The meeting was recorded and the other individuals present did not have security clearances. The indictment contains a transcript of a conversation between Trump and a staffer.

“See as president I could have declassified it. Now I can’t, you know, but this is still a secret,” Trump reportedly said, to which the staffer replies, “Yeah. Now we have a problem.”

A second incident reportedly occurred in August or September of 2021. Trump is accused of showing a representative of his political action committee a classified map related to a military operation. That person also did not have a security clearance. Trump reportedly told them he should not be showing the map and warned the individual not to get too close.

Documents were stored across Mar-a-Lago
The document says Trump stored the documents at various locations around Mar-a-Lago and that they were moved on multiple occasions.

“The Mar-a-Lago Club was not an authorized location for the storage, possession, review, display, or discussion of classified documents. Nevertheless, TRUMP stored his boxes containing classified documents in various locations at The Mar-a-Lago-Club—including in a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom, and a storage room,” the indictment states.

Prosecutors also noted that a hallway leading to the storage room could be reached “from multiple outside entrances.”

Trump was told he was a target of investigation on May 19
Trump was informed by the special counsel’s office that he was a target in the grand jury’s investigation on May 19. Nauta was informed on May 24.

Trump had declined to respond directly when The New York Times asked if he was a target.

On Friday, Special Counsel Jack Smith spoke to the press after unsealing the indictment against Trump.

“This indictment was voted by a grand jury of citizens from the Southern District of Florida. And I invite everyone to read it in full to understand the scope and the gravity of the crimes charged,” Smith said.

”The men and women of the United States intelligence community and our Armed Forces dedicate their lives to protecting our nation and its people. Our laws that protect national defense information are critical to the safety and security of the United States and they must be enforced. Violations of those laws put our country at risk.”

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