Notable developments have arisen in the ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents.
As reported by Conservative Brief on Sunday, October 8, new details have emerged about a purported “secret document” that was discussed in an audio recording.
Special counsel Jack Smith has filed 37 counts against Trump in relation to this case, with potentially severe consequences if he is found guilty.
The indictment accuses Trump of showing classified materials to individuals without the required security clearances on multiple occasions.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has pointed out that both incidents occurred at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J.
One significant allegation came to light after it was leaked to CNN, in June 2021, federal prosecutors obtained an audio recording of a meeting where Trump reportedly acknowledged keeping a classified Pentagon document related to a potential attack on Iran.
This revelation seems to contradict Trump’s previous claim of declassifying all relevant information before leaving office.
The charges against Trump include willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and false statements and representations.
If found guilty, the former president could face severe consequences, including the possibility of decades in prison.
During a subsequent interview with Fox News, Trump vehemently denied showing anyone the classified military plan mentioned in the audio recording.
He maintained that he never revealed any classified military strategy for attacking Iran, which was reportedly prepared by U.S. Army General Mark Milley.
Trump also stated that he never ordered the military to formulate such an attack plan.
The meeting under scrutiny took place on July 21, 2021, at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, attendees included a writer, publisher, and two aides of the former president, with the main focus being a forthcoming book authored by Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
While Trump acknowledged finding Milley’s “plan of attack,” he maintained that he never ordered its creation.
Former Trump administration officials have publicly stated that the alleged secret plan against Iran never actually existed.
Adding another twist to the story, special counsel Jack Smith’s team admitted to an error in their statement regarding the turning over of all evidence required by law.
It was discovered that video evidence had not been processed and uploaded to the defense’s viewing platform.
The government has since rectified the mistake and provided all CCTV footage obtained to the defendants, as per the Brady rule, which requires the disclosure of all favorable evidence to the defense.