Donald Trump lawyers meet with Justice Dept. officials as charging decision nears in Mar-a-Lago case
Will Mar-a-Lago be the tipping point for Donald Trump in 2024? Image via AP.

The investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago is believed to be near its end.

Lawyers for Donald Trump met with Justice Department officials on Monday as a decision nears on whether to bring charges over the handling of classified documents at the former President’s Florida estate.

The Trump lawyers two weeks ago requested a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland to raise concerns about what they alleged was prosecutorial misconduct and overreach by the team led by special counsel Jack Smith. But a defense attorney meeting with Justice Department officials is also often used as an opportunity to try to persuade them against bringing criminal charges.

A trio of Trump attorneys — James Trusty, John Rowley and Lindsey Halligan — exited the Justice Department building in Washington on Monday morning after more than an hour inside. They got into a black sport utility vehicle and did not respond to reporters’ questions.

It was not immediately clear who from the Justice Department attended the meeting. Spokespeople for Smith and the Justice Department had no immediate comment on the meeting.

After it ended, Trump posted on his Truth Social platform in capital letters: “How can DOJ possibly charge me, who did nothing wrong” when no other Presidents have been charged. He referenced the investigation into his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, which ended without criminal charges, and a separate ongoing probe into the presence of classified documents at an office and home of President Joe Biden. And he characterized it as a “witch hunt.”

Unlike in the Trump investigation, though, Biden’s representatives initially alerted the Justice Department to the discovery of classified documents and consented to voluntary FBI searches. The FBI in the Trump investigation obtained a search warrant in August and recovered about 100 additional classified documents from Mar-a-Lago.

The investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago is believed to be near its end, with a charging decision likely soon. Prosecutors have placed a broad cross-section of witnesses, including lawyers for Trump and close aides, before a grand jury.

Besides the Mar-a-Lago investigation, Smith is leading a separate probe into efforts by Trump and his allies to undo the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.

It’s not clear when or if charges might be brought.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Dont Say FLA

    June 5, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    DeeGroovy. DeeGorgeous… DeRigged …. by DeSantis! It’s rigged by Ron DeSantis. THE only way Loser Ron DeSantis gets past Trump is by rigging the system to take Trump out. Biden knows Biden can beat Trump. Biden doesn’t need the rig. DeSantis, however, is trying to displace Trump from Trumpism and create Rhonda-ism. Only way to do that is if it’s RIGGED. GOP Primary is RIGGED.

  • Jailbirds Are Church Folk

    June 5, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Another Christian to prison…we at 99% yet in the US system?

    ‘Oooh the Mooslims oooh the Jeeeews…’

    Lolz, Christians are only 69% of the US except in our jails where they are 96%. Sooo naughty.

  • PeterH

    June 5, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    ….any day now! Thump! Thump! Trump!

  • Suze

    June 5, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    INDICT. Enough of this criminal. No one is above the law. Even this sociopath

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 5, 2023 at 5:46 pm

      Ron DeSantis thinks Ron DeSantis is above the law. They had Florida state laws changed specifically to exempt themself from sunshine laws about how taxpayer money gets spent, and also exempt themselves from Resign to Run because obviously the highest officeholder in the state, they’re not needed but by god if the dog catcher runs for city council without resigning, it’s prison for the dog catcher!

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