#TrumpIndictment Part 2? Prosecutors Notifies Trump As Subject Of Criminal Probe

Federal prosecutors have taken a significant step forward in their investigation into former US President Donald Trump. A reliable source has revealed that Trump has been formally notified through a letter that he is now the target of a criminal investigation.

This notification serves as a clear indication that special counsel Jack Smith is nearing a charging decision in his probe of the former president. The focus of the investigation revolves around Trump’s alleged concealment of classified documents at his private estate and his alleged involvement in a scheme to hinder federal authorities from discovering them.

In recent weeks, Smith has summoned various individuals from Trump’s inner circle to appear before the grand jury overseeing the documents case. This includes Trump’s attorney, Evan Corcoran, who faced a legal battle over attorney-client privilege.

Additionally, former Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich confirmed on Wednesday that he spent the morning testifying before a related grand jury in Florida.

As part of standard practice, the justice department typically notifies individuals when they become targets of an investigation. This notification allows them an opportunity to present their own evidence before a grand jury. However, it is important to note that receiving such notification does not automatically mean that charges will be filed.

Despite being the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump continues to face legal challenges. In April, he pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying business records related to hush money paid to an adult film star before the 2016 presidential race.

Furthermore, he is also subject to a criminal investigation regarding alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Trump has consistently argued that these multiple investigations are driven by political motives.

The investigation into the classified documents initially began in 2021 after federal officials expressed suspicions that the former president had not returned all the documents he was required to relinquish. Last August, the FBI discovered approximately 13,000 documents during a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Surprisingly, 100 of these documents were marked as classified, despite one of Trump’s lawyers previously asserting that all records with classified designations had been returned.

Trump has defended his decision to retain the documents, suggesting that he declassified them during his presidency. However, no evidence has been provided to support this claim, and court filings indicate that his lawyers have not made this argument either.

Just this week, it was revealed a Trump employee at his luxurious Mar-a-Lago residence reportedly caused a major flood, inadvertently inundating a room housing crucial computer servers containing surveillance video logs. While the motive behind the flooding remains unclear, federal prosecutors investigating Trump’s handling of classified documents have deemed the incident suspicious.

As the first current or former US president to face criminal charges, Trump’s legal troubles continue to mount. In May, a civil court jury in Manhattan ordered him to pay $5 million in damages for the alleged sexual abuse of former Elle magazine columnist E Jean Carroll. Trump was further accused of defaming Carroll by publicly labeling her a liar.

Information for this story was found via AlJazeera, Politico, and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to the organizations discussed. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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