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Donald Trump Indicted on 37 Counts Related to Mar-a-Lago Raid

Donald Trump Indicted on 37 Counts Related to Mar-a-Lago Raid

Former President Donald Trump has been indicted on 37 counts related to last year's FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago property. 

CNBC has provided details about what occurred this afternoon in a Miami courtroom, where Trump himself is expected to appear on Tuesday.

Thirty-one counts charge that Trump willfully retained national defense information, a violation of the Espionage Act. The other six charges allege that Trump caused false statements to be made, concealed documents from investigators, obstructed justice, and allegedly conspired behind-the-scenes to engage in all of these criminal acts.

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Trump has continually denied any wrongdoing but it is worth noting that some well-known GOP figures, including Presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis (R-Gov. of FL), have distanced themselves from the controversy surrounding Trump and his supporters. 

Furthermore, two of Trump's attorneys, James Trusty and John Rowley, unexpectedly walked away from The Apprentice star's legal team this morning.

Following Trusty's appearance on TODAY, the duo released a surprising joint statement, saying, “This morning we tendered our resignations as counsel to President Trump, and we will no longer represent him on either the indicted case or the January 6 investigation [the insurgence at the U.S. Capitol].” 

In September 2022, a federal court ruled that the the U.S. Department of Justice could lift a hold on documents obtained during the FBI's now-infamous August 8 raid. This news broke shortly after Trump returned to his Florida residence last fall.

Furthermore, the ruling comes on the heels of the DoJ releasing a 36-page report relating to the raid at Trump's Florida property. In the document, authorities confirmed that Trump "likely obstructed" a government investigation with intent.

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Last summer, the Washington Post reported that the FBI executed its search warrant after "federal authorities grew increasingly concerned that Trump or his lawyers and aides had not, in fact, returned all the documents and other material that were government property, according to people familiar with the discussions."

Trump reportedly threatened to cause "big problems" if he was indicted, a situation that has now come to pass.

It is worth noting that this is the second time in 2023 that Trump has faced indictment. Earlier this year, a grand jury in New York indicted him on state charges for allegedly falsifying business records related to paying "hush money" to women with whom he had sexual relations.

This is a developing story.

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