Trump lawyers meet with DOJ as decision nears on whether to bring charges in Mar-a-Lago case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump were meeting with Justice Department officials on Monday as a decision neared on whether to bring charges for handling classified documents at the former president’s estate in Florida.

Two weeks ago, Trump’s lawyers requested a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland to raise concerns about what they said was prosecutorial misconduct and abuse by the lead team. by Special Counsel Jack Smith. But a meeting of defense attorneys with Justice Department officials is also often used as an opportunity to try to persuade them not to bring criminal charges.

A CBS News reporter tweeted a photo of Trump’s attorneys entering the Justice Department headquarters in Washington. It was not immediately clear who the lawyers were meeting with.

The investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago is believed to be nearing completion, with a charging decision likely soon. Prosecutors placed a wide range of witnesses, including Trump attorneys and close aides, before a grand jury.

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