US media reported on Wednesday evening that the federal Public Prosecution office had informed former President Donald Trump’s defense attorneys that their client was under investigation regarding the way he handled classified documents after leaving the White House, in a step that paves the way for the possibility of an indictment against him.
The New York Times, CNN, and other media outlets said that Trump’s lawyers received notification that their client is under investigation from the office of Attorney General Jack Smith, which means that the investigation is close to indicting the former president, who aspires to return to the White House in the elections. Next year.
Trump is accused of having taken with him when he left the White House in early 2021 full boxes of official documents, including defense documents classified as “top secret”, and when those in charge of the presidential archive asked him to return them for safekeeping as stipulated by law, he refused to do so, in violation of federal laws.
The US media did not mention when the former president’s lawyers received this notification, but “CNN” said that Trump’s defense agents met with officials of the Ministry of Justice on Monday.
According to the news network, Attorney General Jack Smith, who is assigned to independently oversee the investigation in this case, was among the ministry officials whom Trump’s lawyers met.
The former president was quick to comment on what was reported by the media about the possibility of indictment in this case.
“Nobody told me I was accused, nor should I be, because I did nothing wrong,” Trump said on his social network, TruthSocial.