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Trump’s options for fighting charges


Ahead of his scheduled court appearance today, Donald Trump and his advisers to gather a legal team have scrambled after he was charged last week with mishandling classified documents and obstructing the government’s efforts to retrieve them.

To fight the charges, his lawyers may assert that the former president had a right to take the documents from the White House and that he had previously declassified them. 

They could also accuse the prosecutors of misconduct, try to show that he was a victim of selective prosecution, or seek to have potentially damning evidence excluded from the trial.

Those claims could be difficult to sustain in court. Experts said that it was difficult in general to have a federal indictment dismissed before going to trial.

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