Donald Trump was golfing in a new video after his indictment dropped.
Trump golfing today. Doesn’t look worried 😂 pic.twitter.com/cffYJNEOr8
— DrunkByTheTurn (@DrunkByTheTurn_) June 9, 2023
In a stunning turn of events, the charges brought by special counsel Jack Smith against former President Donald Trump have been unsealed, revealing a groundbreaking and unprecedented case against a former U.S. president. The 49-page document lays out a total of 37 counts against Trump, marking a significant moment in the country’s legal history.
The charges, which were unsealed on Friday, include 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information, one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of withholding a document or record, one count of corruptly concealing a document or record, one count of concealing a document in a federal investigation, one count related to a scheme to conceal, and one count of alleged false statements.
Trump himself revealed on Thursday evening that he had been informed by Jack Smith, the special counsel hand-picked by Attorney General Merrick Garland, that he was being indicted in relation to the alleged mishandling of classified records at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. Trump disclosed that he had been summoned to appear in a federal courthouse in Miami on Tuesday afternoon. Furthermore, the former president announced that one of his close aides, Walt Nauta, had also been indicted.
The unsealed indictment sheds light on the nature of the classified documents found in Trump’s possession. The charges outline that these documents included sensitive information on the defense and weapons capabilities of both U.S. and foreign countries, U.S. nuclear programs, and potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attacks. It is alleged that after leaving the White House, Trump wrongfully retained classified documents originating from various government agencies, such as the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, Department of Energy, and the State Department.
The indictment further contends that as Trump was preparing to depart the White House in January 2021, he and his White House staff, including Walt Nauta, packed items, including the boxes containing the classified documents. Trump is accused of personally overseeing this process and arranging for the transportation of the boxes to his private club, Mar-a-Lago, in Florida.
Alongside Trump, Walt Nauta faces six criminal counts, including conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, corruptly concealing a document or record, concealing a document in a federal investigation, scheme to conceal, and a false statements charge.
“In January 2021, as he was preparing to leave the White House, Trump and his White House staff, including Nauta, packed items, including some of Trump’s boxes,” the indictment contended. “Trump was personally involved in this process. Trump caused the boxes, containing hundreds of classified documents, to be transported from the White House to The Mar-a-Lago Club.”
“The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax,” Trump posted on his Truth Social social media site on Thursday evening, declaring, “I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!”