Trump lawyers admit ex-president could be indicted in Mar-a-Lago probe

Attorneys for former president Donald Trump have admitted that the twice-impeached ex-president could face federal criminal charges as a result of his hoarding more than 100

classified, government-owned documents at his Palm Beach, Florida home. In a filing before Raymond Dearie, the New York-based federal judge who has been appointed to review

the more than 11,000 documents seized during the 8 August search of Mr Trump’s property and determine whether any are privileged, the ex-president’s lawyers said they would object

to Judge Dearie’s plan for determining whether any of the 100 documents which bear classification markings are privileged because it would require them to say whether Mr Trump

actually declassified them. “The Draft Plan requires that the Plaintiff disclose specific information regarding declassification to the Court and to the Government. We

respectfully submit that the time and place for affidavits or declarations would be in connection with a Rule 41 motion that specifically alleges declassification as a component

of its argument for return of property,” they wrote. “Otherwise, the Special Master process will have forced the Plaintiff to fully and specifically disclose a defense to the

merits of any subsequent indictment without such a requirement being evident in the District Court’s order”. The reference to “any subsequent indictment” is the first

acknowledgment from Mr Trump’s side that the Department of Justice investigation into whether he violated laws governing the proper care and storage of national defence

information or prohibiting obstruction of justice could place him in significant legal jeopardy.