Lawyers fear Trump could be prosecuted

Trump’s legal team expressed concern that the former US president could be prosecuted for the storage of classified documents at the Mar-a-Lago residence.

Judge Raymond Dearie, who was appointed by the US court as a special expert to oversee the process of reviewing documents seized by the FBI from the Mar-a-Lago estate in August, earlier this week recommended the former president US Donald Trump details documents that he may have declassified.

However, in a court filing on September 19, Trump’s attorneys objected to Dearie’s request, saying it could damage the former US president’s defenses if Mr. indicted. This is the first time that Mr. Trump’s legal team has expressed concern about the risk of a client being criminally prosecuted over the classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.

Former US President Donald Trump outside Trump Tower in New York on August 10.  Photo: AFP.

Former US President Donald Trump outside Trump Tower in New York on August 10. Image: AFP.

Judge Dearie first met Trump’s team of lawyers and prosecutors from the US Department of Justice on September 20 in federal court in Brooklyn. Mr. Trump’s lawyers have said he could declassify any document if he wanted, but did not say whether he actually did so.

Former President Trump said on Thursday that criminal charges could not prevent him from running for re-election, but that America would have “greatest problems ever” if he was indicted.

In addition to the investigation into the mishandling of classified documents at his private Mar-a-Lago residence, Trump is also facing an investigation related to the January 2021 Capitol Hill riots and pressure on state officials. Georgia to reverse the election results in this state in 2020.

The FBI in August collected from Mr. Trump’s home 33 boxes containing many documents classified as “top secret” and “secret”. A Florida judge on August 12 said the FBI suspects the former president of violating the Espionage Act. The act makes it a crime to illegally obtain or store national security information.

Ngoc Anh (Theo Guardian)

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