Trump Says He Is Not At-Fault in the Case of Secret Documents

Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, appeared in court on Tuesday in Miami, Florida, to answer to 37 federal charges. The judge in the case was informed by the current presidential contender that he is innocent of all charges. The charges stem from materials he brought with him after leaving the White House that are classified by the government. Following his court appearance and pleading, the judge freed Trump to go around unhindered. The U.S. Department of Justice claims that Trump attempted to conceal the materials and disregarded requests for their return.

 

Top secret data on US nuclear and defense projects are included in the materials, according to government attorneys. The former president allegedly showed “classified documents to others” twice, according to the indictment that served as the charging document. According to the indictment, Trump was not allowed to possess or handle secret documents after he was removed from office. Thirteen of the indictment’s 37 counts deal with “willfully” possessing material related to national defense. The remaining counts concern false statements, obstruction, and possible conspiracies.

 

Chief prosecutor Jack Smith of the United States is spearheading the probe into Trump. Smith didn’t say anything at the hearing. Smith declared that “we have one set of laws in this country, and they apply to everybody” on Friday when announcing the accusations. Like any defendant, he continued, Trump must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Smith pointed out that laws are crucial to the safety and security of the United States and safeguard information related to national defense. Smith added that his office will work to have a quick trial in front of a Florida-based jury.

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