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Donald Trump is facing seven federal criminal charges. They relate to his handling of classified material upon leaving office and then obstructing the government’s efforts to reclaim them.

Michael S. Schmidt, who covers national security and federal investigations for The Times, talks about what this will mean for Mr. Trump, and for President Biden, whose administration will now be prosecuting his biggest potential rival for the White House.


Michael S. Schmidt, a Washington correspondent for The New York Times.

Donald Trump, in a blue suit and red tie, stands behind a podium in front of a blue curtain, looking to his left.
The charges against Donald Trump are said to include willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act.Sophie Park for The New York Times

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Michael S. Schmidt contributed reporting.

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