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A Miami federal grand jury on Thursday issued indictments against former President Donald Trump on seven felonies related to a U.S. Justice Department case focusing on documents removed from the White House, according to media reports. Among the charges handed down according to those familiar with the matter: willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of law, conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements.

Trump, the first former U.S. president to face federal charges, is expected to turn himself into Miami authorities on Tuesday. Republicans in Congress are denouncing the indictment. Republican rivals for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 are feeling pressure to defend him. Despite the charges, however, Trump can still be a viable GOP candidate for the 2024 presidential election, according to a New York law professor. 

CP OPINION: Thank to all for a fantastic festival season

“Thanks to the professionals at Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival for again delivering a celebration of the arts that is an envy of the world. These two festivals prove you don’t have to go to New York or London or Paris or Berlin to experience world-class arts. You get it consistently in Charleston.”


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CP: Public workshops to review Charleston Co. plans to be held through summer. The Charleston County government is set to hold a series of public workshops through August to review the county’s 10-year comprehensive preservation and development plan and gather input from residents on the proposed changes and additions.

CP: Cyclists call for improved infrastructure in Charleston. Charleston Moves and other organizations have worked with the city of Charleston on proposals and projects aimed to combat dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in recent years, but more can be done, they said.

CP: Charlestonians return home to remember a friend. The 75th anniversary celebration of the Charleston Club of Washington, D.C. will be held July 7-10 in Charleston, reuniting old friends and loved ones in the Holy City.

CP: Ukrainian war refugee lands in Charleston. Ukrainian soldier Dimitri Stadnik arrived in Charleston on May 22 with a couple of hundred dollars and a bag on his shoulder. Stadnik reflects on his time in Ukraine compared to his life now in the United States, which he calls “two different planets.”

Charleston presents options for redevelopment of old Piggly Wiggly. The redevelopment of the old Piggly Wiggly site near the Northbridge in West Ashley is continuing to move forward as the city of Charleston presented three options to community members to hear their feedback on which option they preferred Thursday night.

New affordable housing development taking shape in Charleston. Prosperity Builders, a division of The Berry Co. that focuses on workforce housing, and the nonprofit Charleston Redevelopment Corp. broke ground June 8 on a 40-unit development with affordability tied to the buyer’s income. Pricing will start in the mid-$300,000s, with down payment assistance from $10,000 to $80,000 to be offered, depending on income.

Charleston-filmed ‘Righteous Gemstones’ returns for season 3. The third season of the Charleston-filmed “The Righteous Gemstones” drops at 10 p.m. on June 18 on HBO Max.

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