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Trump told he is target of Mar-a-Lago documents criminal probe by special counsel


Former President Donald Trump greets supporters at a Team Trump volunteer leadership training event held at the Grimes Community Complex on June 01, 2023 in Grimes, Iowa. Scott Olson | Getty ImagesFormer President Donald Trump has been informed he is a target of the federal criminal probe into his retention of hundreds of classified government records after leaving the White House, NBC News reported Wednesday evening.Such notification typically occurs before prosecutors decide whether to lodge criminal charges against a target.Trump’s attorneys were told at a meeting Monday at the Department of Justice with special counsel Jack Smith and other DOJ officials that he is a target of the classified documents investigation, according to two sources briefed on the meeting, NBC reported. It was not clear if they previously had been notified of that status for him.Targets are people who prosecutors believe committed a crime. Targets often end up being indicted.DOJ regulations say that a prosecutor, “in appropriate cases, is encouraged to notify such person a reasonable time before seeking an indictment in order to afford him or her an opportunity to testify before the grand jury.”A DOJ spokesperson declined to comment.Disclosure of Trump’s status in the investigation came as Taylor Budowich, a top aide o …

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