Indictment Transcript Claims Trump Knew Document Was Classified

Federal prosecutors released the indictment pending against former President Donald Trump, which includes a myriad of accusations related to confidential documents. The federal government released photos they claim to be in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and transcripts that purport to the former president speaking about classified files.

The release of the transcript outlined a number of accusations, including that Trump allegedly held boxes of sensitive documents in different locations around his home, including in his bathroom.

Trump allegedly had the boxes moved several times. 

The former president faces 37 charges, including 31 of Willful Retention of National Defense Information. He also faces one charge of False Statements and Representations. 

In addition, Trump aide Waltine Nauta was also charged. Both Trump and Nauta were charged with a number of other allegations, including Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice, Withholding a Document or Record, Corruptly Concealing a Document or Record, and others.

In one element, the former president was accused of having a sensitive map of potential U.S. war plans on a wall, and reportedly told a confidant not to get too close to it due to its nature.

The federal government also released a transcript that reportedly portrays Trump showing a sensitive document to someone, stating that it was classified. 

According to the transcript, Trump said that he could have declassified it during his time as president, but that it was too late to do so.

“Secret. This is secret information,” he allegedly said. “Look, look at this.”

“This was done by the military and given to me,” he allegedly said.

Trump is expected to report to federal court in Miami on Tuesday. 

The former president’s attorneys abruptly resigned on Friday, potentially complicating Trump’s current legal issues.

Jim Trusty and John Rowley left the president’s hire, writing in a joint statement that they would “no longer represent him on either the indicted case or the Jan. 6 investigation.” 

They described their time with the former president as an “honor” and said that “we know he will be vindicated in his battle against” the Biden White House’s “partisan weaponization of the American justice system.”