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Donald Trump's Team Preparing for Indictment as Former President Acknowledges Criminal Peril

Donald Trump's Team Preparing for Indictment as Former President Acknowledges Criminal Peril

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Sep. 20 2022, Published 12:29 p.m. ET

Donald Trump's legal team is preparing for a possible indictment, according to a new court document.

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The former President (FPOTUS) has been denying any criminal wrongdoing, but a new letter sent by his legal team acknowledges the legal peril he's in - and they're preparing for the worst.

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Team Trump Prepares for an Indictment

For the first time, Trump's legal team has admitted in court filings that they are preparing for the possibility of a criminal indictment.

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Newsweek reports, "His lawyers wrote to oppose a request from Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master appointed to oversee the DOJ's review of the seized documents, for both parties to submit their own proposed agenda, while also providing them with his draft plan.

They specifically opposed submitting information about the 'declassification' of the Mar-a-Lago documents.

They argued that submitting such a draft plan would force them to disclose their defense against any indictments that could be issued at a later point, an acknowledgement that the investigation could result in an indictment.

'The Special Master process will have forced the Plaintiff to fully and specifically disclose a defense to the merits of any subsequent indictment without such a requirement being evident in the District Court's order,' the letter reads."

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The letter, which Trump has to approve as part of his legal counsel, marks the first time the FPOTUS has acknowledged the fact that a criminal indictment is not just possible, it's likely.

And his team is now preparing for the defense they'll need in case of that eventuality.

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The Former President's Attempts to Distract

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It's a departure from Trump's usual "deny and distract" tactics, proving that the former President is much more worried than he's letting on through social media.

Trump has been busy on Truth Social over the past few weeks, blasting critics and attacking his enemies - while trying to talk up his own ability to lead in 2024, without admitting that he's officially in for another presidential run.

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But the problem is that there's still a minefield of legal woes for Trump to navigate before he could reclaim the presidency, if he wins in 2024.

Trump first has to avoid being criminally indicted (and jailed) for the Mar-a-Lago documents, a possibility which seems likelier by the day. And then he has to grapple with what the January 6 committee hearings are exposing about his culpability for the January 6, 2021 riots.

While the January 6 House panel cannot criminally indict him, it remains to be seen if they plan to recommend charges to the Department of Justice. That same Department of Justice which is currently weighing charges over the Mar-a-Lago documents.

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