Federal prosecutors reportedly unveiled their case against former president Donald Trump on Friday after a 49-page indictment detailing allegations that he mishandled secret papers after leaving the White House and then resisted investigators’ attempts to recover them was unsealed.
The 38 charges in the indictment include obstruction, conspiracy, false statements, and the deliberate retention of secret material.
Additionally, Walt Nauta, Trump’s former White House valet who now works at the Florida club, was accused.
According to the indictment, the classified documents Trump kept in his boxes included details about the defense and weaponry capabilities of the United States and other countries, information about American nuclear plans, potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack, and strategies for potential retaliation in the event of a foreign attack.
The indictment focused on two incidents in which Trump is accused of sharing sensitive material with individuals who were not authorized to do so.
He allegedly revealed a covert assault strategy to a writer, a publisher, and two staff members in July 2021 at his golf club in New Jersey.
Several weeks later, he allegedly showed a colleague a classified map pertaining to a military operation and told the individual, who was a representative of his political action committee, that he shouldn’t be doing so.
Trump was charged on Thursday with seven counts, including obstruction and making false statements.
He was also accused of violating the Espionage Act, which forbids the abuse of sensitive material.
What charges the other indicted individual might face is unclear.
Even after prosecutors sought the release of all such records last year, prosecutors have been constructing a case suggesting that Trump purposefully concealed critical data relating to American intelligence and defense preparations.
The allegations—and the investigation that came before them—indicate that if Trump is found guilty, he may face jail time.
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