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Government and PoliticsPreliminary step towards indicting Trump in 'secret documents' case

Preliminary step towards indicting Trump in ‘secret documents’ case

The New York Times, CNN and other outlets said Trump’s attorneys received this notification from Attorney General Jack Smith’s office, meaning the investigation is poised to charge the former president, who aspires to return to the White House in next year’s election. .

Trump’s chief of staff reveals the secret

US media reported on Tuesday that the last White House chief of staff under President Donald Trump, Mark Meadows, testified before a federal grand jury hearing evidence in investigations led by the office of Special Counsel Jack Smith. appointed by the Secretary of Justice.

It’s unclear whether Meadows testified as part of Trump’s effort to cling to power after losing the 2020 election, including Congress certifying the election results, or the case over Trump’s treatment. of hundreds of classified documents after he left office and whether he hampered restoration efforts. her, or both.

But sources confirmed to ABC News that Meadows answered questions about Trump’s efforts to nullify the 2020 election and the former president’s mishandling of classified documents.

When asked, Meadows’ attorney declined to say whether Meadows testified before the grand jury, emphasizing his client’s obligation to tell the truth when he has a legal duty to do so.

While reports surfaced of witness after witness attending the grand jury or questioning federal investigators, Meadows has largely kept a low profile.

Some of Trump’s advisers believe he could be an important witness in the investigations, especially since the former president has repeatedly asked his aides about Meadows’ “performance”, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mark Meadows was present at pivotal moments before and after the 2020 election, with lots of important information.

On the issue of documents, two people familiar with the matter said Meadows was aware of National Archives efforts to recover nearly 20 boxes of presidential documents that officials allegedly took with him when he left the White House. in January 2021, and that Meadows was one of Trump’s representatives at the Department of Records and played a role in trying to discuss the matter with the former president.

Reports indicate that Mark Meadows could be linked to vital evidence in the investigations, after revealing an audio recording of an interview Trump conducted with two people who helped his former chief of staff write memoirs about his years in office. the White House.

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