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VIDEO: Special Counsel Jack Smith’s statement on indictment of former President Donald Trump

Donald Trump's indictment on federal charges of mishandling classified documents at his Florida estate represents the most serious legal jeopardy so far for the former president. Trump faces 37 criminal counts related to the mishandling of classified documents, according to the indictment unsealed Friday. The charges include counts of retaining classified information, obstructing justice and making false statements, among other crimes.

The Justice Department special counsel who filed charges against Trump said in his first public statement that the country has “one set of laws and they apply to everyone" while he outlined the charges against the former president.

Jack Smith spoke to reporters briefly in Washington on Friday but did not take questions.

“Adherence to the rule of law is a bedrock principle of the Department of Justice and our nation’s commitment to the rule of law sets an example for the world,” Smith said.

He said prosecutors would seek a speedy trial and “very much look forward" to presenting their case.

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