Lawyers representing Donald Trump are seeking a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland, signaling that special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents is approaching the indictment phase.
In a letter addressed to Garland on Tuesday, attorneys John Rowley and James Trusty requested a meeting at the earliest convenience of the attorney general, Politico reported.
Trump shared the letter on Truth Social, a social media platform, late in the evening. The Justice Department spokesperson declined to provide any comments regarding the matter.
As part of his inquiries, Smith has been summoning key aides of Trump, moving forward with two separate and extraordinary criminal investigations.
One investigation focuses on Trump’s alleged attempts to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election, with figures such as former Vice President Mike Pence and high-ranking members of Trump’s White House providing testimonies.
In addition, Smith is scrutinizing Trump’s purported mishandling of highly classified national security records at his Mar-a-Lago estate following his presidency.
The investigation also encompasses allegations that the former president resisted returning these records to the federal government, even after being issued a subpoena by the Justice Department.
Written by staff