Federal prosecutors unsealed a 38-count indictment today accusing Donald Trump of mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House and obstructing the government’s efforts to reclaim them.

Prosecutors laid out the clearest picture yet of the files that Trump took with him when he left office. The indictment accuses the former president of illegally holding documents, including some sensitive material on America’s nuclear program and attack plans. It presented evidence of actions even more blatant than was previously known.

Trump knowingly showed classified documents to others, according to the indictment. In July 2021, Trump shared a highly sensitive “plan of attack” against Iran to visitors at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. He was recorded on tape describing the material as “highly confidential” and “secret,” while admitting it had not been declassified.

The 49-page indictment, handed down yesterday by a grand jury in Miami, marks the first time a former U.S. president has faced federal charges. It puts the nation in an extraordinary position: Trump is not only a onetime commander in chief but also the current front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination to challenge President Biden, whose administration will now be seeking to convict his potential rival of multiple felonies.

After he was subpoenaed to turn over classified documents, Trump, according to the indictment, told his lawyers: “Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?” (Two of Trump’s lawyers resigned today.)

The indictment also names one of Trump’s personal aides, Walt Nauta, as a co-conspirator who assisted in obstructing the investigation.

Soon after the charges were released, Jack Smith, the special counsel who is bringing the case, made a rare public statement defending the importance of a prosecution and insisting that he would “seek a speedy trial.”

“We have one set of laws in this country and they apply to everyone,” Smith said.

On Tuesday, Trump — who continued to rail against Smith and the indictment, calling it the “greatest witch hunt of all time” — is expected to surrender to the authorities in Miami.


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Residents in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and the surrounding areas are now breathing more comfortably. After a few days of dangerously polluted air, weather reports from most of the Eastern U.S. showed improving conditions today.

But in Canada, hundreds of wildfires continue to burn out of control across the country, forcing the evacuation of more than 10,000 people in Quebec alone. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians to brace for a fierce wildfire season that could worsen as the heat intensifies. “This is a scary time for a lot of people,” he said.

For more: My colleague Somini Sengupta explored the question that many climate experts were facing this week: Will this become the new normal?


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Iran is helping Russia build a factory to produce attack drones on Russian soil, according to American intelligence that was declassified today. Moscow has repeatedly used Iranian-made drones to attack Ukraine in recent months, including strikes on civilian targets and energy infrastructure.

The Biden administration announced another weapons package for Ukraine, this one totaling $2.1 billion and focused on crucial air-defense systems.

On the front line: We mapped out the areas where Ukraine has launched counteroffensives.

  • Britain: Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned his parliamentary seat after receiving a confidential report from a committee investigating whether he had lied about lockdown-breaking parties.

  • Law enforcement: The F.B.I. is investigating a spying operation based in Wyoming that aimed in 2020 to infiltrate organizations that were seen as a threat to Donald Trump’s agenda in order to sabotage them.

  • Health: The nonprofit hospital chain Allina Health said it would stop withholding care from patients with outstanding bills as it re-examines the policy.

  • Investigations: Nate Paul, a businessman at the center of the impeachment case against the attorney general of Texas, Ken Paxton, was charged with making false statements to financial institutions.

  • Crypto: The founders of the Three Arrows cryptocurrency hedge fund that collapsed last year still live comfortably, surfing, meditating and traveling the world.

  • Weddings: A major jeweler reported fewer sales of engagement rings this year because of aftershocks from the coronavirus pandemic. Wedding trends are tied to several economic forces.

  • Tax breaks: Energy companies are frustrated by new requirements for some of the credits offered under the Inflation Reduction Act that will make them difficult if not impossible to use, at least in the near term.


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After flirting with cancellation during the writers strike, the Tony Awards will be presented on Sunday to celebrate the best shows and brightest stars on Broadway. More than just an award show, the event spurs waves of ticket sales for the winning performances.

“It’s especially important this year because Broadway is still hurting,” Michael Paulson, our theater reporter, said. “Audiences are about 17 percent below where they were in the last complete season before the pandemic.”

Michael spoke to more than 150 of the nearly 800 voters, and he expects the musical “Kimberly Akimbo” and the play “Leopoldstadt” to earn the top awards.


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On the beautiful canvas of clay at Roland Garros, the French Open semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz was a match for the ages — one of the game’s best players against the No. 1-ranked 20-year-old phenom. But after two hours or so, leg cramps overcame Alcaraz, giving Djokovic an easy route to Sunday’s final, where he will play for a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

On the women’s side, tomorrow’s final is no less compelling: Iga Swiatek, the world No. 1, will take on Karolina Muchova, whose skill, athleticism and talent have earned her rave reviews from fellow players.

  • Energy boost: Companies are trying to attract health-conscious consumers with low-calorie, sugar-free energy drinks, but some of these beverages have caffeine levels equivalent to more than two cups of coffee.

  • Pinball, ladies? The Belles & Chimes pinball league, “run by women, for women,” is making some noise in the game’s modern re-emergence.

  • Saudis and soccer: The signing of the French striker Karim Benzema to Al-Ittihad shows that Saudi Arabia is not spending all that money to compete, but to win.

  • Beach wheelchairs: Their balloon-like tires can roll over sand and uneven terrain, giving disabled people and their families more options for fun in the sun.


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Leah Chisolm-Allison, an autopsy technician, in her outdoor bathtub in Tampa, Fla.Credit...Scott McIntyre for The New York Times

Much cheaper than a pool and more private than a hot tub, the outdoor bathtub brings together two common desires: that of a backyard water feature and a place to immerse.

These days, people installing bathtubs in their yards are typically seeking self-care, not hygiene. The therapeutic benefits of spending time in nature, or close to it, are well-known, from modern studies of public green spaces to the Finnish tradition of placing saunas within forests. “It’s just a nice reminder to just be in the moment and relax and enjoy where you are,” one outdoor bather said.

Have a soothing weekend.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back on Monday. — Matthew

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