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Latest DOJ Court Filing Lays Waste To Trump’s Claims Of Innocence 

The Justice Department made clear in a Tuesday evening court filing that they believe they have all the evidence they need to charge former president Donald Trump with multiple crimes, including the mishandling of classified documents and obstruction of justice.

The filing, according to the Washington Post, suggests that the DOJ does indeed plan to seek criminal charges against Trump:

The filing traces the extraordinary saga of government officials’ repeated efforts to recover sensitive national security papers from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and club, centered on a storage room where prosecutors came to suspect that “government records were likely concealed and removed … and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation.”

For the first time, investigators with the DOJ included a redacted photograph showing some of Trump took with him when he left the White House in January of 2021:

Among the most incriminating details in the government filing is a photograph, showing a number of files labeled “Top Secret” with bright red or yellow cover sheets, spread out over a carpet. Those files were found inside a container in Trump’s office, according to the court filing. A close examination of one of the cover sheets in the photo shows a marking for “HCS,” a government acronym for systems used to protect intelligence gathered from secret human sources.

The filing also mentions other instances of what can best be called obstruction:

“The former president’s counsel explicitly prohibited government personnel from opening or looking inside any of the boxes that remained in the storage room, giving no opportunity for the government to confirm that no documents with classification markings remained.”

MSNBC political analyst John Heilemann noted Wednesday morning that the Justice Department filing means Attorney General Merrick Garland will indeed seek to indict and others who may have assisted him:

“What we’ve seen now, having crossed the Rubicon and having sent the FBI agents down there to do that search and seizure, having come back and now know how many documents were there, how long Trump resisted. How high the level was, and now DOJ here laying it on the floor and putting the photographs out, they’re not just spiking the ball on all of Trump’s legal team, bad legal interpretations and maneuvers, but they’re implicitly or explicitly kind of single-handedly tipping their hand, too. I don’t understand a world in which Merrick Garland could not indict Donald Trump. I think that’s where we’re heading.”

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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