The Investigation Conducted By The Special Counsel Investigating Donald Trump’s Handling Of Sensitive Material

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With Donald Trump’s indictment last week, the federal criminal probe into his alleged misuse of secret information reached shocking new heights. According to the indictment, the ex-president is charged with 37 offenses in all, including 31 charges of deliberate detainment of defense secrets of the nation.

Donald Trump has dismissed any misconduct and asserted that the inquiry is a partisan hoax designed to thwart his continued effort to secure the Republican nomination for president in 2024 and stay in office.

A Chronology Of The Significant Events In Donald Trump’s Much Contested Inquiry Is Shown Here

May 2021

After finding that some crucial papers weren’t turned over before Donald Trump departed the White House, a representative of the National Archives and Records Administration gets in touch with Trump’s staff.

July 2021

According to reports, Trump says in a recorded discussion that he continues to hold a confidential Pentagon memo concerning a potential assault on Iran.

Fall 2021

After speaking with Donald Trump’s team for several months, NARA gets impatient with the delayed document production. Stern contacts a different Trump legal representative to step in. 

18 January 2022

The NARA removes fifteen boxes of Donald Trump papers from the White House from Mar-a-Lago after months of conversations with Trump’s administration. 

18 February 2022

The Department of Justice is notified by NARA that a few of the records taken from Mar-a-Lago contained classified information.

May and April 2022

On 7th April, the Justice Department is publicly acknowledged by NARA for the very first time, and news organizations report that investigators have opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s improper handling of secret information. Trump’s legal team conducts searches for further classified material between late 2022 and early 2023 at four of his real estate investments in Florida, New York, and New Jersey. They deliver the FBI two additional top-secret documents they discover in a storage facility in Florida. 

June 8, 2023

A federal grand jury indicts Donald Trump for his role in the investigation into leaked secret materials, charging him with 37 felony offenses, including unlawfully holding onto national security information.