Prosecutors have been presenting evidence relating to the DOJ’s investigation of former President Trump’s handling of documents to a federal grand jury for months. The grand jury is now expected to meet again in Washington according to sources familiar with the probe.
While the grand jury has heard evidence and witness testimony in connection to this case for months, in the past few weeks there appears to be a general slowing down in the case according to observations at the courthouse and other sources. It has not yet been made clear whether prosecutors are planning on seeking an indictment, and the DOJ has refrained from commenting on the probe’s progress.
NBC News and other outlets in recent reports pointed out that prosecutors are likely examining two separate questions. The first question relates to whether Trump had wrongfully kept classified upon leaving the White House, and the second whether he obstructed the government’s attempts to retrieve the documents that were still in his possession.
If Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing the investigation, decides to charge Trump in this case it is going to be the first time that a former President has ever been charged with a federal crime. Trump has already become the first U.S. president in history to face criminal charges, but those are related to a hush money payment case in New York.
Trump has maintained that he had committed no wrongdoing and has claimed that all of the probes against him are politically motivated.