Trump attorneys meet with federal prosecutors in special counsel’s office

Washington — Attorneys for former President Donald Trump met Thursday morning with federal prosecutors in the special counsel’s office in Washington, D.C., according to two sources familiar with the meeting.

For months, Trump, his attorneys and his political apparatus have been preparing for the possibility of a third criminal indictment related to the special counsel’s Jan. 6 probe. In this case, special counsel Jack Smith and a grand jury have been investigating attempts to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election.

ABC News first reported Thursday’s meeting, which Trump himself later confirmed on Truth Social, his social media platform.

“My attorneys had a productive meeting with the DOJ this morning, explaining in detail that I did nothing wrong, was advised by many lawyers, and that an Indictment of me would only further destroy our Country,” Trump wrote, claiming, “No indication of notice was given during the meeting — Do not trust the Fake News on anything!”

Last week, Trump revealed on social media that he had received a letter indicating he is a target of the investigation into efforts to interfere with the results of the election and peaceful transfer of power. At the time, a senior Trump source confirmed the former president had received the target letter on Sunday, July 16, and was informed that he had the right to appear before the grand jury within four days. In his previous two indictments, Trump declined the offer. The letter was seen as an indication that the investigation is nearing the final stages.

The letter highlighted three federal statutes, according to a source: conspiracy to commit an offense or to defraud the U.S.; a statute that indicates potential charges ranging from obstruction of an official proceeding to tampering with a witness; and a civil rights

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Trump lawyers meet with Justice Dept. officials as charging decision nears in Mar-a-Lago case

Lawyers for Donald Trump met with Justice Department officials on Monday as a decision nears on whether to bring charges over the handling of classified documents at the former president’s Florida estate.

The Trump lawyers two weeks ago requested a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland to raise concerns about what they alleged was prosecutorial misconduct and overreach by the team led by special counsel Jack Smith. But a defense attorney meeting with Justice Department officials is also often used as an opportunity to try to persuade them against bringing criminal charges.

A trio of Trump attorneys — James Trusty, John Rowley and Lindsey Halligan — exited the Justice Department building in Washington on Monday morning after more than an hour inside. They got into a black sport utility vehicle and did not respond to reporters’ questions.

It was not immediately clear who from the Justice Department attended the meeting. Spokespeople for Smith and the Justice Department had no immediate comment on the meeting.

After it ended, Trump posted on his Truth Social platform in capital letters: “How can DOJ possibly charge me, who did nothing wrong” when no other presidents have been charged. He referenced the investigation into his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, which ended without criminal charges, and a separate ongoing probe into the presence of classified documents at an office and home of President Joe Biden. And he characterized it as a “witch hunt.”

Unlike in the Trump investigation, though, Biden’s representatives initially alerted the Justice Department to the discovery of classified documents and consented to voluntary FBI searches. The FBI in the Trump investigation obtained a search warrant in August and recovered about 100 additional classified documents from Mar-a-Lago.

The investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago is believed to be near its

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Some Uvalde CISD fear police after school shooting

“When he sees an officer he gets underneath my armpit and he hides behind me and starts shaking. You can feel his little body tremble.”

UVALDE, Texas — An investigation into the law enforcement response during the Uvalde school shooting is something families have been wanting for months.

And finally, at the end of the first day of school for Uvalde CISDparents got their wish.

Five Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers have now been referred to the state Inspector General’s Office for a formal investigation into their actions during the Uvalde school shooting on May 24.

“It’s long overdue,” said Jessie Rizo, the uncle of Jackie Cazares, who was one of the 21 victims who died in the shooting.”You gave him more time to live than what you gave the children. That is what bothers me the most.”

According to DPS, in July they formed an internal committee to review the department’s response to the massacre. That committee referred the five officers over for a formal investigation.

“I sit there and I think about the children as they are slowly seeing each other and they pass away,” Rizo said.

But the inaction of the officers is not just affecting those who have died but also many kids in the community.

“He is scared of the police,” said Tina Ann Quintanilla Taylor, whose daughter went to Robb Elementary.

Taylor’s kids decided not to attend school because they just don’t feel safe.

“When he sees an officer he gets underneath my armpit and he hides behind me and starts shaking. You can feel his little body tremble,” she said.

All these families want now is justice.

“They just didn’t do their job. It requires termination. Nothing less than that,” said Rizo.

But not just for those five

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Top lawyers hired by those linked to Georgia election probe

ATLANTA (AP) — In the state investigation spurred by then-President Donald Trump’s call to Georgia’s top election official, people who have been called to testify — or who might be — about potential interference in the 2020 presidential contest are turning to high-profile lawyers.

Trump has hired Drew Findling, one of Atlanta’s most prominent criminal defense attorneys who is perhaps best known for representing rap stars. US Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., has brought on Trump’s former White House counsel Don McGahn, who was in federal court in Atlanta last week as part of a legal team fighting a subpoena for Graham.

No one has been charged with a crime in the investigation and both Trump and Graham have denied any wrongdoing, but the moves come at a particularly precarious legal moment for Trump.

FBI agents conducted an unprecedented search of his Florida estate on Monday in an unrelated investigation into whether Trump removed sensitive information from the White House. He also invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Wednesday as he testified under oath in the New York attorney general’s long-running civil investigation into his business dealings.

But the attorney hires in Atlanta suggest Trump and his allies are paying especially close attention to the investigation led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

“You’re not going to go and hire an expensive lawyer unless either you want to send a message that, ‘You guys better come correct or my fancy lawyer will blow you out of the water,’ or you actually are worried,” said Caren Morrison, a Georgia State University law professor and former federal prosecutor.

Legal experts However warn that the hires alone don’t suggest that someone is the subject or target of an investigation.

“I don’t think that’s any indication that anybody’s about to be charged

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