Trump classified documents charges: Read the full indictment

Walt Nauta, a Trump aide who was seen on surveillance camera removing boxes at Mar-a-Lago, was also charged as a co-conspirator.

The Department of Justice unsealed a 37-count indictment against Donald Trump on Friday that laid out a stunning case against the former president.

Trump, who was ordered to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday, has been charged with 37 felony counts — including 31 counts under the Espionage Act — that carry stiff prison sentences upon conviction.

The 49-page indictment filed by special counsel Jack Smith includes the following criminal charges:

  • Willful retention of national defense information

  • Conspiracy to obstruct justice

  • Withholding of a document or record

  • Corruptly concealing a document or record

  • Concealing a document in a federal investigation

  • Scheme to conceal

  • False statements and representations

Among the allegations included in the indictment:

  • Trump showed and described a “plan of attack” that he said was prepared for him by the Department of Defense and a senior military official.

  • Trump showed a “representative of his political action committee who did not possess a security clearance a classified map related to a military operation.”

  • The former president suggested to his attorney that he falsely tell the FBI and the grand jury that he didn't have any classified documents.

  • The indictment also includes photos showing boxes of classified documents stored in a bathroom, shower and ballroom at Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.

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Boxes containing classified documents are stacked in a bathroom at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (Image via U.S. Southern District of Florida)

Walt Nauta, Trump’s valet who was seen on a surveillance camera removing boxes at Mar-a-Lago, was charged with one criminal count as a co-conspirator.

“The men and women of the United States intelligence community and our armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting our nation and its people,” Smith said in a brief statement delivered at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., after the indictment was unsealed on Friday. “Our laws that protect national defense information are critical to the safety and security of the United States and they must be enforced. Violations of those laws put our country at risk”

Trump is the first former U.S. president ever to be charged with federal crimes.

“We have one set of laws in this country,” Smith said. “And they apply to everyone.”

The special counsel urged all Americans to read the indictment "in full to understand the scope and the gravity of the crimes charged."

Read the full indictment below:

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Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., May 25 (Rob Carr/Getty Images)