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Donald Trump Likely Going to Prison ‘For a Long Time’—Attorney

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Former President Donald Trump could go to prison “for a long time” when a verdict is reached in his Mar-a-Lago classified documents case, according to a Democratic attorney.

In June 2023, Trump was charged with retaining national security information—including U.S. nuclear secrets and plans for military retaliation in the event of an attack—and obstructing the government’s efforts to retrieve them.

Prosecutors have said Trump took documents that he was no longer authorized to have after leaving the White House in January 2021 and that he resisted repeated requests by federal officials to return them. Trump has denied all wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Asked on MSNBC’s The Weekend about the impact the case could have on Trump, Democratic attorney Marc Elias said it could be “devastating” for the former president, and result in a long prison sentence.

Donald Trump on January 27, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Speaking to MSNBC, Marc Elias said the former president’s classified documents case could result in a long prison sentence.

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“People forget how damaging the evidence is in that Florida case,” Elias said on Sunday’s edition of the show.

“It is literally about a former president of the United States stealing highly classified sensitive documents from the United States government, treating them cavalierly, showing them to people, storing them willy-nilly.

“It is devastating to him politically. It’s devastating legally. It puts him in real prospect of going to prison for a long time.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.